August 13, 2009

It's nothing personal against Mumbai, mind you…

…it's just that UTV's newest movie Kaminey and Studio 18's comedy Life Partner are opening everywhere tomorrow, except in Mumbai, India, where the multiplexes will be shuttered for a while.

Blame this one on… the swine flu. Bollywood Hungama (via Screen) explains:

The swine flu scare has really caught on big time and now after Pune, the state government has also alerted Mumbaikars to stay away from crowded places. In fact, a directive has been issued ordering shutting down of schools, colleges and educational institutions for a week while even recreational centers like malls and multiplexes have been asked to be shut down for next three days.

So now UTV and Studio 18 and the affected theatres in Mumbai, Thane, and Navi Mumbai will have to sit tight until the Indian government gives them the green light to open for business again. That said, both studios will have their movies in the cinemas elsewhere in the world tomorrow. That includes select National Amusements multiplexes in the States, including the one in Farmingdale (Long Island), New York, the one closest to your Projectionist.

He is gunning {ahem} to see Kaminey, but is stoked to also be able to choose between Life Partner and the highly successful Love Aaj Kal — all playing in the same multiplex!

Now movie going just got more interesting.

Meanwhile BollywoodWorld reports that shooting is still going on for new movies, swine flu or no swine flu.

Hmm… let's check back on this one in a few days.

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