With Sooryavanshi, Laxmmi Bomb, Atrangi Re and 4 more films in various stages of production, Akshay Kumar is most affected among peers by the lockdown
Actor most affected among peers by the lockdown
On March 19, various film bodies called for a shutdown of all production work in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in India. Five days later, the nationwide lockdown was announced. With shoots stalled and releases deferred, the impact has been felt at multiple levels. Akshay Kumar, who is at work for the most part of the year, is using this lockdown to read scripts and take virtual narrations. Meanwhile, he has seven films in various stages of production. Here’s a look at what his slate looks like this year:
01 Bachchan Pandey
After Housefull 4, Akshay teams up with producer Sajid Nadiadwala and director Farhad Samji on this action-entertainer, which was to go on the floors in May. The team had decided on the locations and was to go on a recce towards March-end, when the lockdown was announced. The script is currently being fleshed out.
Akshay Kumar’s Housefull 4, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah and Mythologies dominate on TV
The TV channels were forced to resort to reruns of their old shows, due to lack of new content. While some succeeded to grab the eyeballs, most of them witnessed a drop in their ratings.
The period-drama was scheduled for a Diwali 2020 release, but reportedly 50 per cent of the film remains to be shot. Akshay plays the title role of Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan, with Manushi Chhillar making her acting debut opposite him as Sanyogita. According to trade sources, the film is unlikely to keep its festival date.
03 Atrangi Re
Akshay’s first collaboration with Aanand L Rai, the film is a cross-cultural love story, moving from Bihar to Madurai, and is set in two different eras. The actor was to start shooting for his ‘special role’ on April 15. The film also features Dhanush and Sara Ali Khan.
04 Laxmmi Bomb
In this horror-comedy, Akshay plays a character possessed by a transgender ghost. The film is under post-production, with the team, including visual effects and editing, working from home to get the final cut ready. Buzz is, makers are negotiating for a direct-to-digital release, but no announcement has been made yet. The suspense continues…
05 Bell Bottom
A period spy-thriller set in the ’80s, this Ranjit Tewari directorial was to kick off in India and move to multiple locations abroad in August. But, according to a source, the logistics may now have to be reworked as shooting outside India might not be feasible over the next year. Meanwhile, the makers are fine-tuning the script.
Telangana: What’s Akshay Kumar’s real name, CBSE GK books ask students
Asking students to write real names of actors by taking a look at their screen names and pictures in the general knowledge textbook has not gone down well with the Telangana education department, which has now ordered a probe into it. The students were also quizzed on their knowledge of cartoons and on which channel they appear.
The film marks Akshay Kumar’s entry in Rohit Shetty’s cop universe, which comprises Singham and Simmba. Its March 24 release has been indefinitely postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but Shibasish Sarkar, one of the producers of the action-thriller, has confirmed that it will be among the first major films to release in the theatres once things return to normal. Eight-10 days of post-production on the film still remains to be rushed through.
07 Ekta Kapoor’s action-comedy
After Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara, Akshay teams up with Ekta Kapoor on an actioncomedy which is a remake of a Telugu hit. As his calendar was blocked until November, he had allotted dates from December. Now, the film is expected to be delayed by at least six months. The team is currently adapting the original screenplay, keeping a pan-India audience in mind.
What happens now?
Once the film associations, following a directive from the government, decide to restart shoots, Akshay will sit down with all his producers and rework the entire calendar, accommodating all prior commitments. According to a source, the actor isn’t looking to start shooting any time before October 2020. Following an expected cumulative delay of eight months, the cascading effect will push all his films, but the actor is known to be a thorough professional and will ensure that he wraps up the projects at the earliest.
Courtesy : MM