Hyderabad: The COVID-19 scare has cast its shadow on Telugu cinema too, with the release date of the much anticipated Nani starrer ‘V’, which was scheduled to release on March 25, being postponed.
The official Twitter handle Sri Venkateswara Creations on Saturday tweeted, “Due to the prevailing extraordinary conditions which are beyond our control, #VTheMovie stands postponed.@NameisNani. The virus has made us think about our responsibility to keep the health and safety of the public in mind. We have decided to hold the movie and release it in the month of April.”
Meanwhile, film exhibitors and distributors, who have gathered for a meeting at Telangana Film Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, have decided to plan temporary closure of theatres and co-operate if the State government issues orders.
Due to the prevailing extraordinary conditions which are beyond our control, #VTheMovie stands postponed.@NameisNani @isudheerbabu @i_nivethathomas @aditiraohydari@mokris_1772 @SVC_official @ItsAmitTrivedi @musicthaman @adityamusic pic.twitter.com/ekWlAM9CkL
— Sri Venkateswara Creations (@SVC_official) March 14, 2020
“If the Telangana government instructs us to shut down, we will definitely comply with it. There are rumours that all big movies are going back from releasing date, which is not true. We haven’t received any call from a producer that a movie is getting postponed. However, the footfall of movie goers has drastically fallen this week. And coronavirus effect is also very much prevalent,” said VL Sridhar, vice president, Telangana State Film Chamber.
He added, “Overseas is also a big business. All malls and movie theatres in Dubai have been shutdown. The US government too has declared an emergency. The Bollywood movie ‘Sooryavanshi’ and Hollywood movie ‘No Time To Die’ got postponed due to the virus.”