Akshay Kumar.
Akshay Kumar. . Image Source: IANS News

January 15 : A news was making the rounds on Twitter on Friday which suggested that Akshay Kumar would attend the Business Icon Awards 2022 in Lucknow on January 23. Netizens also slammed the actor for taking such a decision amid the pandemic.

Taking to Twitter on Friday, the Sooryavanshi actor dismissed the rumours that he is visiting Lucknow for the event. The actor wrote, "As much as I would love to visit Lucknow soon, this news is absolutely untrue."" A Twitter user had written that Akshay will attend an award function in Lucknow.

While shootings of many films have been cancelled, some films are still on floors, but the producers of the film are adhering to strict measures keeping the current Covid-19 situation in mind. While the state governments are struggling to control the third wave of the pandemic, several states have issued new SOPs for movie theatres and shootings in the states.

Several film releases have been pushed indefinitely, and Shahid Kapoor starrer Jersey was the first one to face the brunt. It was supposed to release in theatres on December 31, last year.

The release of Prabhas and Pooja Hegde starrer love story Radhe Shyam was also postponed due to the rise in coronavirus cases in the country. The film was slated to release in theatres on January 14, 2022, coinciding with the festival of Sankranthi.

After Delhi government ordered the closure of cinemas halls, more films like RRR and Prithviraj have also postponed their theatrical release dates. Six days prior to the release, the makers of SS Rajamouli’s RRR starring Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn also decided to delay the film once again amid the surge in the coronavirus cases in the country.

Ranveer Singh starrer 83 was the last major Bollywood film to be released in theatres last month before the third wave. The film has been significantly impacted by the Omicron scare.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Akshay Kumar has a number of films in the pipeline. This year, the actor will be seen in the historical drama Prithviraj with Manushi Chhillar, action entertainer Bachchan Pandey with Kriti Sanon, and family drama Raksha Bandhan with Bhumi Pednekar. The actor also has Ram Setu, Cindrella, Gorkha, and OMG 2 in the pipeline. Recently, he has also announced a new film titled Selfiee along with Emraan Hashmi. Sharing a teaser on social media, he announce that shooting of the film will commence soon.

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