Manushi Chhillar and Akshay Kumar in 'Prithviraj'
Manushi Chhillar and Akshay Kumar in 'Prithviraj' Image Credit: Yash Raj Films

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar’s next movie ‘Prithviraj’, which was scheduled to release on January 21, has been postponed due to Omicron and the steep rise in COVID-19 cases in India.

A source said: “When you have a sure-shot blockbuster at hand that will appeal to audiences across the country, you can’t gamble with such a huge product. ‘Prithviraj’ will massively aid in bringing people back to the theatres and it can’t be released at a time when it won’t fulfil this purpose. Business wise too it doesn’t make sense to compromise a film that will rake in the moolah at the box office.

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“It’s a no-brainer to postpone the film and gauge Omicron and the COVID-19 scenario before taking a call on the next release date of the film,” the source added.

The surge in cases has resulted in strict regulations across India and some markets like New Delhi decided to shut theatres.

“YRF [Yash Raj Films] was waiting till the last minute to see if the situation in India and overseas improves but the pace with which coronavirus cases are accelerating, it forced their hand to hold on to the biggest title,” the source said.

‘Prithviraj’, directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, will also mark the debut of former Miss World Manushi Chhillar.

The movie is a historical action drama based on the life of Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan from the Chahamana dynasty. Chhillar will play his wife Sanyogita. The film also stars Sanjay Dutt, Sonu Sood and Ashutosh Rana, among others.