Rana Daggubati's Haathi Mere Saathi Release Date Postponed (Photo Credit: Instagram)
Actor Rana Daggubati's upcoming action spectacle Haathi Mere Saathi has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak across the country, the makers announced on Monday. Directed by Prabhu Solomon, the movie was scheduled to have a nationwide release on April 2 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. In a statement released by the producers, Eros International, the makers said the decision was taken in the interest and well being of everyone involved.
"In light of recent developments of COVID19 Coronavirus, our recent announcement regarding the scheduled release of Haathi Mere Saathi, Aranya (Telugu title) and Kaadan (Tamil title) stands changed," Eros said in a statement.
Because health and safety comes above everything!ðŸ™ÂðŸÂ»— Eros Now (@ErosNow) March 16, 2020
Hope to see you guys soon at the theatres. Till then, stay safe! #HaathiMereSaathi #Aranya #Kaadan #ErosNow @RanaDaggubati #PrabuSolomon @TheVishnuVishal @PulkitSamrat @ShriyaP @zyhssn @ErosIntlPlc #SaveTheElephantðŸÂ˜#Haathi pic.twitter.com/SsgLE1Blga
"In solidarity with our partners, exhibitors, distributors and audiences, we pray for health and happiness of all and as we are monitoring the situation, we do hope that we come back with a new release date soon. Sincerely, the entire cast and crew that worked tirelessly to bring this story to you," the post reads further.
The outbreak has led to the shut down of theatre, malls, schools and gyms in Kerala, Delhi, parts of Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and Haryana. Events, film shootings and awards show have also been cancelled.
On Saturday, actor Shahid Kapoor announced that the team of his upcoming film Jersey has decided to suspend the shoot of the film to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
At a time like this it is our social responsibility to do everything in our capacity to curb the spread of this virus. Team #Jersey is suspending shoot so as to enable all unit members to be with their families and in the safety of their homes. Be responsible. Stay safe.âÂ¤ï¸ÂðŸ™Â— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) March 14, 2020
Yash Raj Films also delayed the release of Dibakar Banerjee-directed Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar.
Given the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country, we have decided to postpone the release of Dibakar Banerjee’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. The health and safety of everyone is of utmost importance at this time.— Yash Raj Films (@yrf) March 14, 2020
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) March 12, 2020
The release of Hollywood movies A Quiet Place 2, Mulan, Fast And Furious 9 and the new James Bond film No Time to Die has also been delayed.
However, makers of Angrezi Medium, starring Irrfan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Radhika Madan and Deepak Dobriyal, went ahead with the scheduled release of the film on Friday.