"Bollywood wants to loot our hard-earned money and fill their pockets."
Films are set to return to theatres, however, it looks like Bollywood fans in India are ready to boycott them.
It was announced that cinemas in India will reopen from the week commencing October 12, 2020, onwards.
Theatres were shut as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic but now films will return to them. While no new films will be in theatres, there will be several re-releases.
This includes the likes of Tanhaji, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, Malang, Kedarnath and Thappad. Another film that will also re-release is the action film War.
Film critic Taran Adarsh announced the re-releases on social media and said that more films will be announced soon.
As cinemas ready to reopen their doors from this week onwards, the list of #Hindi films scheduled for re-release this week is OFFICIALLY announced…
More films will be scheduled in coming days. pic.twitter.com/4Dm7xCjIlG
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) October 14, 2020
However, many netizens have said that they will boycott going to the theatre.
This comes amid the dark side of Bollywood, which has come to light since the tragic death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
Discussions about nepotism, favouritism and drugs have been in the headlines since then.
Although Kedarnath, which was one of Sushant’s films, will be re-released, Bollywood fans have urged others not to watch it.
One person said that it has been re-released just to play with public emotions. The user went on to say that the film has been announced to promote Sara Ali Khan, a ‘star kid’.
Another said: “Please don’t watch any movies of Sushant in cinema, He gets nothing, Bollywood wants to loot our hard-earned money and fill their pockets.”
Other Sushant fans agreed that they would not go to see Kedarnath because his family would not get any profits, instead claiming that the ‘Bollywood mafia’ would.
One person said:
“We shouldn’t watch any movies even SSR’s movies! SSR is not coming back alive from watching his movies, this money will go to Bollywood criminal mafia gang who will then kill another Sushant Singh Rajput!
“Pls everyone don’t watch these movies.”
“DON’T WATCH Kedarnath, Sushant won’t get the profits. His murderers will.”
However, one Sushant supporter had another view. The user hoped that all those who have been supporting for justice watch the film and make it into a blockbuster.
Following the announcement that Thappad would be returning to cinemas, Taapsee Pannu tweeted:
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) October 14, 2020
However, this led to many people giving their thoughts to Taapsee. Many stated that they would give the film a ‘thappad’ by not going to see the film.
The actress was also slammed for her defence of Rhea Chakraborty and Anurag Kashyap.
Rhea was a prime accused in Sushant’s death while Anurag was accused of sexual harassment.
Journalist Meena Das Narayan highlighted her anti-Taapsee stance on Twitter by telling the actress to take her friends to the cinema with her as no one will watch her films.
She said: “I suggest you carry your friends with you… none of us will see any of your movies or others. Don’t forget to take popcorn with you.”
Other boycotters tweeted memes of what they thought theatres would look like.
— Anish Singh (@anishsist) October 14, 2020
— Nishant kumar (@Nishant32086042) October 14, 2020
Although films will be returning to Indian cinemas, Bollywood fans have come together and said that they will not be watching them.
It has resulted in the hashtag #SayNoToBollywood trending as well as #ImmortalSushant.
Only time will tell if Bollywood fans go through with the boycott.