'Radhe' will have a theatrical release after pandemic ends: Salman
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on Monday said that after the coronavirus pandemic subsides in the country and it is safe for people to visit cinema halls, his film Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai will go ahead with a theatrical release. However, directed by Prabhudheva, the movie will start streaming on multiple platforms, including OTT and DTH services, on May 13.
'Theatrical release was planned as many halls are shutting down'
Salman Khan said the "original thought" was to bring the film to the halls "as many of them were getting shut down." "This film is coming out on Eid, you will get a chance to watch it at home and when corona will go away, we will release it in the theaters," (sic) the 55-year-old actor told reporters in a roundtable interview from Mumbai.
Salman Khan disappointed for fans and theater owners
"Once everything is safe, we will release the film again in the theatres. We hope the film does well then too," he added. Also starring Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda, and Jackie Shroff, Radhe will also release on the pay-per-view broadcast platform Zee Plex. Salman further said that he was disappointed for theater owners and fans who like watching his films on the big screen.
'Radhe' is not a sequel to 'Wanted': Khan
Radhe harks back to the character of Salman's protagonist from his 2009 blockbuster Wanted, also directed by Prabhudheva. The whistle-worthy one-liner of the hit action movie Ek baar jo maine commitment kar di, uske baad toh main apne aap ki bhi nahin sunta also makes a stylish comeback. But the actor emphasized Radhe was not the sequel and only has the vibe of Wanted.
Salman plays an encounter specialist in the film
Radhe features Salman Khan as an encounter specialist tackling the drug menace in Mumbai. Produced by Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, and Reel Life Production Private Limited, the film also stars Gautam Gulati.
Salman will get his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine soon
Last week, Zee Entertainment Enterprises and Salman Khan Films, pledged to provide support toward COVID-19 relief work through the revenue generated from the upcoming film. Salman said whatever they are doing, it will never be enough. Meanwhile, the actor, who got his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in March, also shared that he will get his second jab in the next 10 days.
Maharashtra's current COVID-19 tally stands at 51.38 lakh
Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra which is home to the Hindi film industry, on Monday recorded a steep drop in new coronavirus cases at 1,794, the lowest single-day count in nearly two months, while 74 patients succumbed to the infection, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) updated data. Maharashtra's overall caseload now stands at 51,38,973 while 549 fatalities pushed the toll to 76,398.