Mumbai, May 11, 2021: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has apologized to theater owners who were hoping actor's upcoming film, "Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai" to release in theaters and help them recover their losses due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Directed by Prabhudheva, the movie will start streaming on multiple platforms, including OTT and DTH services, on May 13 at the festival of Eid. It will also release in theaters whenever they are open in India, though most of the states have shut the cinemas due to the second covid-19 wave.
"I apologize to cinema owners who were hoping to earn profits with the release of this film. We waited as long as we could, hoping that this pandemic would end and we would be able to release in theatres all over the country. But that did not happen. We don't know when things will go back to normal", Salman Khan told reporters in a roundtable interview from Mumbai.
"I couldn't have kept my Eid commitment with fans without the support of ZEE. It was important to release the film at a time like this because people are suffering due to the pandemic. Incomes have reduced for many, so now, instead of spending a lot of money on tickets at the cinemas, people can watch it at a much cheaper rate at home. I want to provide some entertainment to people at a grim time like this", Salman said.
However, the actor again expressed his desire to release the film in theaters when things subside and it is 'safe' for people to visit cinema halls.
"I know people are disappointed that they will not be able to watch Radhe on the big screen. Some people have booked auditoriums and are planning to screen my film, which I won't encourage because I don't want people to say 'Salman Khan ki picture dekhne gaye aur corona phail gaya'. Once everything is safe, we will release the film again in the theatres. We hope the film does well then too", the actor said.
Radhe is said to have a remake of the 2017 Korean film The Outlaws. The film stars Salman Khan, Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda, Jackie Shroff in the key roles along with Arjun Kanungo, Gautam Gulati, Megha Akash, Govind Namdev, and others in supporting roles.
It is produced by Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Atul Agnihotri, and Nikhil Namit under the banners of Salman Khan Films, Sohail Khan Productions, and Reel Life Production Private Limited while Zee is the distributor partner of the film.