With everything opening up and things getting back to normal, as an audience, I am getting to witness one blockbuster after another on the big screen. But when I sit back and think, I feel I have to give it to Rohit Shetty who never succumbed to the pressures of the pandemic and held back from releasing Sooryavanshi on OTT platforms. I still remember that the latest film from Shetty’s cop-universe was always supposed to release before the pandemic hit us, and when the situation brought things to a standstill, Shetty stood the test of time only to release Sooryavanshi as the best way for audiences to come back to the theaters.
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Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif with Rohit Shetty (Source: Instagram | @itsrohitshetty)
Yes, the Akshay Kumar-Katrina Kaif starrer was the very first film to release in theaters after a long gap of almost two years. It was a risk, but a well-calculated one on Shetty’s part, for despite having a 50 percent occupancy due to Government restrictions, the film managed to become a blockbuster and rake in some big moolah at the box office. With a Diwali release, the film received an impressive footfall and a whopping Rs 200 crores business. Not just that it also becomes the perfect welcome for the audiences to return to the big screens.
Cirkus Poster (Source: Instagram | @itsrohitshetty)
Recently, as Rohit announced his next Cirkus with Ranveer Singh to have a release on Christmas 2022, I couldn’t help but think how wonderfully the filmmaker has been treating us to family entertainers. I also realized how Sooryavanshi paved the way and probably gave the other filmmakers the courage to come back to the theaters.
Rohit Shetty (Source: Instagram | @itsrohitshetty)