With shoots, trailers and mega releases, Bollywood prepares for post-Omicron phase


Alia Bhatt

Our Bureau

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will be resuming the shoot of his upcoming film ‘Tiger 3’ soon. The ‘Sultan’ actor will resume filming for the upcoming movie in Mumbai this Saturday. The news was revealed by a source, who also divulged that Salman and his film’s co-lead Katrina Kaif will wrap the last big outdoor schedule of the movie in New Delhi from February 14 onwards.

The lead stars “will most probably be travelling to Delhi on the morning of February 12 or 13,” the source further informed. The source added, “There they will be filming for around 10-12 days.”

This outdoor schedule has been possible as the Omicron wave seems to be subsiding across the country. However, strict protocols will still be followed by the makers. Earlier, the Delhi schedule was expected to commence on January 12 but it was later postponed, given the surge of COVID cases across India, including the national capital.

The upcoming action thriller has been majorly shot across several countries including Turkey, Russia and Austria. Helmed by Maneesh Sharma, the movie also stars Emraan Hashmi. ‘Tiger 3’ will have Salman reprise his role of R&AW (Research & Analysis Wing) agent Avinash Singh Rathore aka Tiger, while Katrina will be seen playing the female lead, Zoya.

Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan in Tiger 3

The first film of the popular franchise called ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ came out in 2012 and was directed by Kabir Khan. The film received an overwhelming response and was a massive success at the box office.

The second movie, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, had released in 2017 and was directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Salman and Katrina have featured in both instalments of the franchise.

Also, keeping fans on their toes after the announcement of the film, the makers of ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ have now levelled up the excitement after revealing that the Alia Bhatt starrer will have a grand trailer launch on February 4. On Thursday, Bhatt shared the new poster of her upcoming Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial magnum opus. Bhatt exuded major boss lady vibes in the new poster and revealed that the movie’s much-awaited trailer will be released on February 4, 2022, Friday.

Now, giving the latest update to their fans, the makers have now announced that for the first time ever the major multiplexes– PVR, INOX, Cinepolis, Carnival and Miraj will simultaneously host the trailer launch of the film on 4 Feb. These multiplex chains will launch ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ trailer across their screens PAN-India.

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the upcoming film also stars Ajay Devgn in a pivotal role. The period drama has been adapted from one of the chapters of noted author Hussain Zaidi’s book, ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’ and features Alia in the lead role of Gangubai, one of the most powerful, loved and respected madams from Kamathipura during the 1960s.

‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ also stars Vijay Raaz, Indira Tiwari, and Seema Pahwa. The film is produced by Bhansali and Jayantilal Gada (Pen Studios). ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ which will have its much-awaited world premiere at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival, will be released in theatres on February 25, 2022.

In another development that shows the film industry is getting ready for the new phase, it has been announced that Anubhav Sinha’s political thriller ‘Anek’, jointly produced with Bhushan Kumar, starring Ayushmann Khurrana in the lead is all set to hit theatres on May 13, 2022.

Sinha reunites with his ‘Article 15’ actor Ayushmann Khurrana and ‘Thappad’ producer Bhushan Kumar to shoot a sharp, hard-hitting socio-political drama in ‘Anek’. The film’s earlier release date was in late March but with the third wave hitting the country, the makers decided to shift the release to May.

Shot in exquisite locations of the North East, the filmmaker calls this his most ambitious project to date. “Anek is based on a subject that concerns our country at a deep-rooted level. The film is set in a certain social context and aims to celebrate the diversity of our nation. It was an incredibly difficult film to make. We shot it in locales hard to navigate and in times that were the most difficult. But the film feels like a triumph of our spirit and I am so proud of what we’ve created,” Sinha said.

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