Radhe Shyam by Prabhas has been postponed, but Ajith Kumar's Valimai is set for a Pongal release.
Radhe Shyam, Prabhas' much-anticipated film, will not be released on January 14, as previously scheduled. The delay was attributed to an increase in Covid infections, according to the filmmakers. To combat the spread, many states have enacted weekend curfews, among other measures.
"We've been giving it our all for the past few days, but given the rising number of Omicron variant cases, it appears that our labor of love will have to wait until the big screen." Radhe Shyam is a love-versus-destiny narrative, and we're confident that your love will help us all get through these difficult times together. Radhe Shyam's producer, UV Creations, stated in a statement on Wednesday, "Will see you in theatres shortly."
Several states have imposed restrictions on public movement in response to the rising number of Covid-19 infections. Cinema halls in areas like Delhi, Haryana, and Bihar have been asked to close their doors until further notice. The government of Karnataka has set a 50% capacity limit on movie theatres. In addition, the Tamil Nadu government is expected to announce strict Covid-19 regulations in the near future.
The Telugu state governments have yet to announce any limitations. Even if the film is generally successful, the persistent issue of cheap movie ticket prices in Andhra Pradesh is expected to limit its box office earnings. The circumstance makes it difficult for the filmmakers to give Radhe Shyam a wide release and repay their investment.
Meanwhile, producer Boney Kapoor appears to be certain that his film Valimai will be released in theatres globally on January 13, as previously announced. According to sources, the filmmaker intends to proceed with the film's distribution even if the Tamil Nadu government reinstates a 50% theatre occupancy cap. It's worth mentioning that, despite the 50% cap, a few major star movies (Master, Karnan) were box office successes last year.
Valimai will be released in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi on January 13th.