Bollywood stars return to India’s big screens after over a year

Bollywood stars are returning to India’s big screens after more than a year, with the film industry hoping that declining COVID-19 cases and the festival season will bring audiences back to the cinemas.

Sooryavanshi (Descendants of the Sun), a police drama with four of India’s top actors, is the first A-list Bollywood film to premiere in theatres since March 2020, when a strict lockdown forced all venues to close.

Hardly any Bollywood movies have been released in theatres since then, with many producers preferring to release their films on streaming platforms like Amazon’s Prime Video, Netflix and Disney.

“It was tough to hold out for a theatrical release, but we still believe that audiences will come back to the theatres,” Shibasish Sarkar, who was group CEO of producer Reliance Entertainment during the making of the film, told the Reuters news agency.

“There are some films you can’t watch at home.”

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