Will Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Pathan’ bow out of 2021 release as Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Akshay Kumar line up their theatrical releases? – Times of India

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With theatres set to reopen again, Bollywood superstars are all getting in line for their big releases. On Wednesday evening the Akshay Kumar-led period film ‘Prithviraj’, Ranbir Kapoor-starrer ‘Shamshera’ and Ranveer Singh-starrer ‘Jayeshbhai Jordaar’ booked their slots at the box office.

While the Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra flick ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’ took the lead and lined up their release on March 19, Siddhant Chaturvedi followed close behind with ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’ set for an April 23 release.

Director Karan Malhotra’s much-awaited actioner ‘Shamshera’, starring Ranbir Kapoor, is set to release on June 25. Also featuring Vaani Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt, the film is reportedly set in the 1800s and chronicles the story of a dacoit tribe fighting for their right and independence from the British.

Next in line is Ranveer Singh‘s ‘Jayeshbhai Jordaar’ that has booked August 27 as its release date.

And rounding up the release calendar is Akshay Kumar with ‘Prithviraj’, a biopic on the 11th-century ruler Prithiviraj Chauhan, which has booked a Diwali 2021 release. The film, directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, also stars Dutt and Sonu Sood and marks the acting debut of Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar.

Before this announcement, rumours ran wild that Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming action flick ‘Pathan’ was scheduled for a Diwali 2021 release. However, with Akshay taking up the spot, it is now being speculated that the film is likely to release in the first quarter of 2022 instead.

‘Pathan’ is one of the most awaited films, not only because it marks SRK’s return to the big screen, but will also see him reunite with Deepika Padukone and will feature Salman Khan in an extended cameo. The film will also see John Abraham play the villain for the first time in an SRK film.



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