Bollywood in 2021: Top banners in Kashmir, big releases in the que and fans back in cinema halls

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Yash in 'KGF Chapter 2'

Our Bureau
Mumbai 

The big Bollywood production banners have planned a four-day visit tour to Kashmir valley to explore picturesque backdrops for their upcoming film projects.

As per the reports by the Department of Information & Public Relation, Jammu and Kashmir, the crew of the top banners which have arrived in the region include Ajay Devgun Films, Sanjay Dutt Productions, Reliance Entertainment, Rohit Shetty Films, Zee Studios, Adhikari Brothers & SAB (Marathi), Endemol, Rajkumar Hirani, Excel Entertainment, and more besides representatives from Producers Guild, Mumbai. Soon after they arrived in Kashmir on Wednesday, the 24-member delegation of top-notch banners and other artists visited Gulmarg the next day. The team will stay in Srinagar on January 29 and also have interactive sessions with media, travel trade associations, and Valley’s film, and line producers.

Kashmir has witnessed a steady increase in tourist footfall due to continuous snowfall since the onset of winter and also the department has made it easy for the filmmakers to get permission for shooting.

Celebrities who recently visited Gulmarg, a beautiful valley of Kashmir include singers Jubin Nautiyal, Guru Randhawa, musician Salim Merchant, business tycoon Anil Ambani.

Kashmir has been traditionally a favourite spot for the Bollywood who have shot scores of movies like ‘Raazi’, ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, ‘Haider’ and also old classics like (1961) Junglee, (1964) Kashmir Ki Kali, (1965) Mere Sanam, (1965) Jab Sonam Phool Khile, and more at Dal Lake, Srinagar’s Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg and Pahalgam.

New Releases 

After teasing fans about the announcement of the release date on much-awaited film ‘KGF Chapter 2’ the makers finally revealed the Chapter 2 of KGF franchise will be hitting the theatres later this year on July 16. Excel Entertainment took to Twitter and unveiled the big announcement of the release date. “Rocky is back with #KGFChapter2 Worldwide Theatrical Release On July 16th, 2021. #KGFChapter2onJuly16,” they tweeted.

Along with the announcement, Excel Entertainment also shared a poster of the film, featuring Yash in a sleek look, sporting a beige blazer and matching pants while holding a rifle.

Earlier in the day, veteran actor Sanjay Dutt who will be essaying an essential role in the movie increased the audience’s frenzy by sharing the news that the release date of ‘KGF: Chapter 2’ will be unveiled. Starring Yash in the lead, the first part’s narrative follows an underdog who later becomes a dangerous gangster. The upcoming sequel is said to follow the power struggle between Rocky (Yash) and Adheera (Sanjay). Apart from Yash and Sanjay Dutt, the movie will also star Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon in the lead role.

Helmed by Prashanth Neel, the film will also feature Srinidhi Shetty in a lead role. The first installment of the film was also directed by Neel.

Also, the film ‘Major’ based on the life of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who lost his lives in the 26/11 Mumbai attack, is set to release on July 2 this year in theaters worldwide.

Earlier, the makers of the upcoming film ‘Major’, which encapsulates the fierce bravery as well as celebrate the life of Unnikrishnan, released the official poster of the film that showcased Indian film actor, director, and screenwriter Adivi Sesh slipping into the character of Major. 

Back in cinemas 

As the vaccination drive against COVID-19 has begun in the country, Bollywood actor Vaani Kapoor is hoping that 2021 will bring people back to the cinema halls after a long halt.

“I’m hoping this will be the year of big-screen entertainers! People are waiting for the virus to be under control and with the vaccines, the confidence of the people will slowly build. They would want to go back to doing the things that they used to,” Vaani said. “Community celebrations will come back in a big way and for Indians going to a theatre to watch a movie with friends and family is a huge thing. That’s going to make a big comeback. They would want to come back to soak in an experience,” she added.

The ‘Befikre’ actor is certain that new, disruptive content will play an important role in bringing people back to the theatres as she expects the taste of the audience to have changed during the pandemic.

“They (audience) would want to watch films that are new, fresh, and clutter-breaking,” Vaani said.

“The taste and preference of the audience must have changed because of the coronavirus and they would only want to come to theatres to watch something that tells them a grand, new, compelling story! So, I’m really confident that the films that are lined up for release will do that,” she added.

Vaani Kapoor

The 32-year-old actor also shed light on her upcoming films that have been lined up for theatrical releases. “I’m lucky that I have three films Shamshera, BellBottom, and Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui which are all theatricals because of the subject and the experience that they are offering to the audience,” she said. “I can’t wait for people to watch these films in theatres because they will truly entertain them to their core,” she added.

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