Cinema halls will remain shut in Delhi till March 31 which could affect the release of Angrezi Medium and Sooryavanshi.
After declaring coronavirus outbreak an epidemic, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that cinema halls, schools and colleges in New Delhi would remain shut until March 31. This move comes after the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in India have risen up to 73.
The governments of Kerala and Jammu had earlier decided to shut down cinema halls until March 31.
The shut down will affect the release of Irrfan Khan starrer Angrezi Medium, which is due to release on March 13. YRF's Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is scheduled to release on March 20.
The release of Rohit Shetty's Sooryavanshi has also been postponed. The film was scheduled to release on March 24. A statement released by the makers read, "We have been as excited as you are to present the film to you and your family, but due to the recent outburst of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we, the makers, have decided to postpone the release of your film Sooryavanshi, keeping in mind the health and safety of our beloved audience. And therefore, Sooryavanshi will be back for you just when the time is right."
In Kerala, the release of Tovino Thomas' Kilometers and Kilometers has already been deferred, and it is expected that the release of Mohanlal's Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham will also be delayed.