Fresh curbs on gatherings, stricter enforcement of COVID rules and the fear of the new coronavirus variant, Omicron could be a cause of concern for the new big Bollywood release 83, starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.
"Rising cases of Omicron and restrictions by various state governments are a concern for the film (83) as it could impact box office performance as these factors do affect audiences' impulse ticket buying behaviour," said film producer and trade business analyst Girish Johar.
Along with the Centre issuing new guidelines on COVID-19, various state governments have imposed restrictions, some even announcing night curfews. So far, states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have imposed a curfew from 11 pm to 5 am.
Johar said that if a curfew starts from 11 at night then shows slotted between 9 and 10 pm get impacted.