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Askhay Kumar is ‘under pressure’

Published: 4th Aug 2021 1:13 pm

Akshay Kumar said the team of his upcoming spy thriller “Bell Bottom” rose to the challenge of releasing the film in theatres amid the coronavirus pandemic as there is little to life without some risk.

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Directed by Ranjit M Tewari, “Bell Bottom” will be the first Hindi movie to hit theatres during the second wave of the pandemic.Trade analysts are betting big on “Bell Bottom” to revive the cinema exhibition sector with its release on August 19.

“The pressure is there on everybody, but I’m very sure that things are going to work out. There’s a challenge, a risk. But if you haven’t taken the risk in life, then what have you done? So we have gone with it,” said Akshay.

The movie set in the 1980s features Kumar as a RAW operative whose code name is ‘Bell Bottom’. It was also the first Bollywood project to commence production amid the pandemic last year. Besides “Bell Bottom”, Kumar also shot for his movies “Raksha Bandhan” and “Ram Setu” during the pandemic.

Asked how he convinced himself to get back to the set, the actor said life has to go on.
“We have to work and there’s no doubt about it. You all have also worked amid the pandemic. So, how can work stop? You have to keep on working and take care of yourself. This is going to be normal now and life has to go on,” Kumar, who tested Covid-19 negative on April 12 after getting diagnosed for the virus earlier in the month, added.

“In every project, there were close to 300-400 people working with me. So everything has to keep going on. Today we are releasing this film. We could have said that let’s leave it for now. But we have gone with it,” he said.

Though theatres have been allowed to reopen in many states, Maharashtra, which is one of the major markets for Hindi language movies, is yet to allow cinema owners to resume theatrical activity.”It is a gamble and someone had to take this gamble. We have taken this leap and I’m confident that this is going to work.”

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