Rs 1500 Crore Riding On Akshay Kumar? Know The Star’s Lined Up Releases

New Delhi: Pandemic or no pandemic, Akshay Kumar remains the busiest Bollywood celebrity. His movie, ‘Bell Bottom’ was the first big release after cinema halls reopened.

He has almost 10 movies in different stages of production and almost Rs 1500 crore riding on him, making him the richest actor, The Free Press Journal (FPJ) reported.

His ‘Sooryavanshi’ will release on Diwali. “It is to be noted that there are many films which are releasing back-to-back from October onwards and it is only Sooryavanshi, which is releasing with a week’s break. Sooryavanshi releases on Diwali in the first week of November and there is nothing in the second Friday. On the third Friday, we have Bunty Aur Babli from Yash Raj Films,” FPJ reported quoting a source.

After Sooryavanshi, Akshay’s YRF-backed ‘Prithviraj’ will hit the screens in January 2022. Next in the line are ‘Bachchan Pandey’ on March 4, 2022, followed by Aanand L Rai’s ‘Raksha Bandhan’ that releases on August 11, 2022. Releasing at the end of 2022, during Diwali, is his ‘Ram Setu’.

“That still leaves films like Mission Cinderella and Oh My God 2 without release dates. It is now being said Akshay is in favour of Atrangi Re — the film with Sara Ali Khan and Dhanush — to release on an OTT platform. The trade is now hoping that most of these films have to do well as the markets need to open up only with theatrical hits,” writer and historian, Imtiaz Baghdadi was quoted as saying.

With theatres reopening in many states, filmmakers are rushing to book release dates. “This does not happen often, but then the pandemic-induced situation has led to Akshay being the most sought after actor. In 13 weeks, we have a plethora of blockbusters releasing week after week and that is like setting a new precedent,” the source added.

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