With YRF Announcing Its Slate, Here Are 11 Big Bollywood Movies Confirmed For Theatrical Release, Film Companion
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For the longest time, it seemed that Bollywood was a weary on-looker, as the Bengalis celebrated Durga Puja last year by releasing 10 new films in the theater and as Tamilians celebrated Pongal this year with Lokesh Kanagaraj’s hotly anticipated Master starring Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi, with some reports suggesting a box-office windfall of over 200 crores. The film then had its seamless streaming premiere on Amazon Prime by the end of January. The Telugu film industry, too, has decided to play the gamble. Its biggest films are up for release this year. Radha Krishna Kumar’s Prabhas-starrer Radhe Shyam is releasing on 30 July, 2021, Allu Arjun-starrer Pushpa is scheduled for 13 August, 2021, and Rajamouli’s epic RRR  is scheduled for 13 October, 2021. 

Bollywood is still grappling. The tentpole films, Sooryavanshi and 83, are showing no signs of theatrical release. Laxmmi and Coolie No.1 both were sent direct to streaming, but given the lack of clarity on numbers it is hard to say what the streaming numbers mean. 

On the other hand films were also released in theaters without getting a streaming counterpart, like Kiara Advani starrer Indoo Ki Kawani and Richa Chadha’s two films, Shakeela and Madam Chief Minister. 

According to a recent KPMG report, the film segment will contract by 67% over 2020-21, registering revenues of Rs. 6,100 crore versus Rs. 18,300 crore the previous year. More than 1,000 theatres, especially single screens across India, have shuttered. 

In this drought of exciting theatricals, Yash Raj, one of the few production houses that has refused to send any of its films direct to streaming, announced its slate of theatrical releases, as Dharma announced the pan-Indian Liger’s release date and Salman Khan hoped for an Eid Release. Here’s a list of these films we hope to catch in the theaters—strangers in a dark room, experiencing a world beyond their own. 

1) Roohi — 11 March, 2021

Director: Hardik Mehta
Producer: Dinesh Vijan, Mrighdeep Singh Lamba
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Janhvi Kapoor, Varun Sharma

Also Read: Roohi Trailer Talk: Janhvi Kapoor Is Possessed By A Bride-Stealing Witch

2) Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar — 19 March, 2021

Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Producer: Dibakar Banerjee
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra

Also Read: Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar Trailer Talk: Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra’s Grunge-Travelogue

3) Bell Bottom — 2 April, 2021 (Tentative)

Director: Ranjit M Tewari
Producer: Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, Nikkhil Advani, Pranay Ranjan
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Lara Dutta

4) Bunty Aur Babli — 23 April, 2021

Director: Varun V Sharma
Producer: Yash Raj Films, Aditya Chopra
Cast: Rani Mukerji, Saif Ali Khan, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Sharvari

5) Radhe — 12 May, 2021 (Eid)

Director: Prabhu Deva
Producer: Sohail Khan, Atul Agnihotri, Salman Khan
Cast: Salman Khan, Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff, Randeep Hooda, Megha Akash

6) Satyameva Jayate 2 — 12 May, 2021 (Eid)

Director: Milap Zaveri
Producer: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Nikkhil Advani, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani
Cast: John Abraham, Divya Khosla Kumar

 

7) Shamshera — 25 June, 2021

Director: Karan Malhotra
Producer: Yash Raj Films, Aditya Chopra
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Vaani Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt

8) Jayeshbhai Jordaar — 27 August, 2021

Director: Divyang Thakkar
Producer: Yash Raj Films, Maneesh Sharma
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Shalini Pandey, Boman Irani and Ratna Pathak Shah

9) Liger — 9 September, 2021 

Director: Puri Jagannadh
Producer: Karan Johar, Charmme Kaur, Apoorva Mehta, Hiroo Yash Johar, Puri Jagannadh
Cast: Vijay Deverakonda, Ananya Panday

10) Prithviraj — 5 November, 2021 (Diwali Release)

Director: Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi
Producer: Yash Raj Films, Aditya Chopra
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Manushi Chhillar, Sanjay Dutt and Sonu Sood

11) Jersey — 5 November, 2021 (Diwali Release)

Director: Gowtam Tinnanuri
Producer: Allu Aravind, Aman Gill, Dil Raju
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Mrunal Thakur

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