With talk of cinemas reopening soon, the industry debates if Christopher Nolan’s newest thriller will make it to the country.
In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, Christopher Nolan’s espionage thriller, Tenet, will release in 70 countries in a phased-out manner, between August 26 and September 18. These include UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Spain among others. India is missing from the list as theatres are yet to open here. But Mohan Umrotkar, CEO, Carnival Cinemas, is confident that Tenet will be the first film to open in India and give a sense of confidence to other filmmakers to follow suit.
“We are awaiting government approval. We don’t have a date yet, but hopefully, cinema halls will open within the next 12-15 days,” Umrotkar informs.
Trade analyst Komal Nahta endorses this, saying theatres are looking to reopen in August with limited seating. “The government has suggested 25 per cent occupancy, the film industry wants 50 per cent. It’s all ifs and buts for now, but Tenet should be the first major release,” he asserts. Manoj Desai, Executive Director, G7 Multiplex and Maratha Mandir, however, is not too optimistic. “I have not received any notification yet and with coronavirus at its peak, I don’t think theatres will open in August,” he says.
Shibasish Sarkar, CEO, Reliance Entertainment, who has two big films— Sooryavanshi and ’83—which have been announced for release on Diwali and Christmas respectively, is equally wary. “There have been talks of opening cinemas in India in August, but with 50,000 cases every day, I think it will eventually happen in a phased-out manner, state by state. Meanwhile, we’ll be keenly observing the box-office trend of Tenet across the globe. It will be a case study for us as a Christopher Nolan film is much sought after by the audiences,” he reasons, adding that their tent-pole films will be targeting a release in 80 to 100 countries.
Mirror Exclusive Photos: Bollywood celebs out and about town, getting used to the new normal
It’s anytime movie for Shilpa Shetty. If you still haven’t got what we are saying, check the photo more closely. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
It’s salon time for Ananya Panday. The Maharashtra government has allowed salons to re-open by following norms of social distancing and hygiene. Masks are now a common accessory along with PPE kits for stylists too. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
No new shoes needed, just covers. Actor Richa Chadha getting ready to go grocery shopping in Juhu. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
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Actor Tiger Shroff spotted with dad Jackie on the balcony of their Bandra home. Photo by Raju Shelar/ MMCL
Actor Anil Kapoor said in a recent interview that he has been at his fittest best in the lockdown, and the veteran actor certainly looks it. He was snapped at a studio near his home in Juhu recently. Jhakaas, right? Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
Vidya Balan checks in
Actor Vidya Balan flashes a smile as she steps into the office of filmmaker-husband Siddharth Roy Kapur in Khar on Tuesday for the promotion of her upcoming film. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
Malaika Arora resumes shoot
Malaika Arora was spotted at the shoot of a reality TV show in Mumbai. Photo by Raju Shelar/ MMCL
Taimur and Saif Ali Khan
Taimur Ali Khan and dad Saif stepped out to check on how renovation work was coming along at their new home. In an interview to Mirror, Saif Ali Khan said that the reason he is being papped so often is not because he is tired of being cooped up at home. They are getting their new house ready so they can shift in and he is supervising the work there. Since it isn’t too far from where they stay, he walks across to check on the progress, mask in place. Photo by Raju Shelar/ MMCL
Sohail Khan and his son Yohan spotted in Bandra on July 23. Wonder what Sohail is intently staring at. Photo by Raju Shelar/ MMCL
Actor Hrithik Roshan was spotted in the balcony of his Juhu home. As Hrithik stares into a distance, Suzanne takes a nap. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
Tusshar Kapoor at Mukteshwar temple
Tusshar Kapoor was spotted at the Mukteshwar Mandir in Mumbai. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
Back to being fit
As the city adjusts to the new normal, Sooraj Pancholi was spotted by the paparazzi outside a Bandra gym on Wednesday. Photo by Raju Shelar/MMCL
Have a good hair day
As Mumbai unlocks itself steadily, Bollywood celebrities have been stepping out of their homes after taking necessary precautions. Masks, gloves and now umbrellas have become a staple while following social distancing norms. Film and television shoots have also begun following restrictions. It’s been a while since salons have opened for business. Vaani Kapoor was spotted outside a salon in Bandra recently. Photo by Raju Shelar/MMCL
Here’s Mallika Sherawat, who was spotted after a meeting in Versova yesterday. Photo by Satyajit Desai/MMCL
A day out
Malaika Arora enjoyed a casual stroll out with her dog. Photo by Yogen Shah
Dressed in gym attire, Nora Fatehi was clicked in Andheri West. Photo by Yogen Shah