Cinephiles, rejoice! Your dream of watching movies on the big screen is finally going to come true as several states in India are slowly opening cinema halls with 100% occupancy.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray, on Saturday announced that “theatres and auditoriums in Maharashtra will open after 22nd October 2021 while observing all COVID safety protocols.” This comes after states like Karnataka and Kerala announced the reopening of theatres. 

Soon after CM Thackeray’s announcement, the makers of Akshay Kumar’s long-delayed cop drama ‘Sooryavanshi’ announced the the movie will finally hit the theatres on Diwali 2021.

“Thanks to our Honourable Chief Minister, Shri Uddhav Thackeray, theatres in Maharashtra to reopen from 22nd October. And FINALLY!!! we can say, This DIWALI…AA RAHI HAI POLICE…,” the movie’s director Rohit Shetty wrote on Instagram.

Here are the other much-awaited Bollywood films that could finally get a theatrical release date.


The Bollywood sports drama, starring Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev is one of the most anticipated films of this year. The movie, which traces India’s first Cricket World Cup win in 1983, will see Deepika Padukone play Ranveer’s on-screen wife. 


Another sports drama that fans are eagerly awaiting is the release is release of Shahid Kapoor starter ‘Jersey‘, which is the remake of a 2019 Telugu film of the same title. Directed by by Gowtam Tinnanuri, the movie also stars Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Kapur in lead roles. 


The period action drama helmed by S S Rajamouli will see  N T Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt and Olivia Morris in lead roles. Several posters and teasers of the movie have already been released and have managed to create a buzz among the viewers. 


This Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer, which was supposed to release in December 2019, might finally release this year. Directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar, the movie is reportedly being made at a massive budget of Rs 300 crore. 

Jayeshbhai Jordaar

The film, starring Ranveer Singh playing the titular role of Jayesh Parekh aka ‘Jayeshbhai Jordaar’, is reportedly a social drama which revolves around a Gujarati man who believes that men and women should get equal rights. The film will also star Shalini Pandey, Boman Irani and Ratna Pathak Shah in important roles. 

Gangubai Kathiawadi

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ is another movie that is stuck in the pipeline due to the pandemic. Starring Alia Bhatt, the movie revolved around the life of Gangubai – a madame in the red light area of Kamathipura.