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Big budget southern films likely to push dates for pan-India release

Kannada period action drama KGF: Chapter 2 is likely to be pushed in the wait to capture the north Indian market. (Photo: Twitter @TheNameIsYash)

NEW DELHI: Unlike south Indian language films such as Tamil action film Master and Telugu courtroom drama Vakeel Saab that capitalised on eased restrictions in home territories when released earlier this year, several upcoming southern films are likely to wait for the whole country to open up.

With production budgets of more than Rs200 crore, these are very costly projects dubbed in different languages and will require a pan-India release to recover investments. Launch of titles like SS Rajamouli’s RRR, Allu Arjun’s Pushpa, Ajith’s Valimai, Prabhas’ Radhe Shyam and Kannada period action drama KGF: Chapter 2 is likely to be pushed in the wait to capture the north Indian market.

Major, a biographical action film on the life of 2008 Mumbai attacks martyr Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, shot in Telugu and Hindi and dubbed into Malayalam, which was scheduled for release on 2 July, was pushed indefinitely late last month.

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