The G20 Summit India 2023, scheduled for September 9 and 10 in New Delhi, promises to be one of the most significant geopolitical events of the year.
However, the preparations for this summit, including three-day restrictions from September 8 to 10, are likely to have a notable impact on the screening of Shah Rukh Khan's eagerly awaited blockbuster, Jawan, in parts of the capital.
The Delhi government's decision to impose comprehensive restrictions ahead of the G20 Summit is strategically aimed at minimising potential disruptions.
Now, while this measure is necessary for the smooth execution of the summit, it raises concerns about the accessibility of cinemas and theatres, particularly those located within the regulated zone.
Live Q&A session with Sh. S.S. Yadav (IPS), Special CP, Delhi Police , about traffic arrangements during G20 Summit https://t.co/8So3nlNZs3— Delhi Police (@DelhiPolice) September 2, 2023
Let's break it down.
As a result, individuals residing or working in these areas will have limited options for enjoying the film during the summit weekend. So, if you were planning a movie night in Connaught Place on any day between September 8 and 10, you might want to reschedule.
To begin with, there are no shows of Jawan at these theatres on September 8, 9 and 10.
The following are screenshots from ticketing platform BookMyShow, on September 4. The advance booking of Jawan were opened on August 31 and tickets are available at all other theatres except for the following four:
The Delhi Traffic Police's advisory further complicates the situation. While they intend to facilitate the movement of passengers to the airport and railway stations, travellers should expect delays, making it less appealing to venture out for a movie screening.
So, you might end up spending more time en route than watching the movie.
In wake of #G20 Summit, Delhi Police would restrict movement on some roads from 8th to 10th September. No essential supplies and services will be affected due to this. Take metro to avoid probable road jams. Other than this, Delhi would run normal. Don’t pay heed to rumors. pic.twitter.com/idEts0jfxJ— Delhi Police (@DelhiPolice) September 2, 2023
Those looking to attend Jawan screenings may find their journeys to be less convenient than usual, potentially leading to reduced audience turnout.
To add another layer of complexity, special passes will be required for folks coming from outside the lockdown zone. This means more bureaucracy, more waiting, and potentially fewer moviegoers willing to jump through hoops to watch SRK's latest action-packed thriller.
But fear not, because the buzz around Jawan is electrifying. Trade analysts are predicting record-breaking numbers, and the Shah Rukh Khan fan club, SRK Universe, has organised fan shows in over 300 cities, setting a record for any Hindi film star. The anticipation and enthusiasm surrounding the film are undeniable.
Aapki aur meri bekraari khatam huyi!— Red Chillies Entertainment (@RedChilliesEnt) September 1, 2023
Advance Bookings for Jawan are now live.
So Book your tickets now! https://t.co/B5xelUahHO#Jawan releasing worldwide on 7th September 2023, in Hindi, Tamil & Telugu. pic.twitter.com/BLqKfzrsnD
While the G20 Summit's restriction measures will undoubtedly impact the screening of Jawan in parts of New Delhi, the fervent support of Shah Rukh Khan's fans and the movie's buzz could potentially mitigate some of these challenges.
#JawanAdvanceBooking are on a FIRE🔥— Manobala Vijayabalan (@ManobalaV) September 1, 2023
Off to a splendid start after #JawanTrailer.
SOLD 20.26K tickets in the last one hour from book my show portal in India.#Jawan is all set to become the 2nd ₹💯 cr opener for #ShahRukhKhan after #Pathaan.
That will make it the FIRST ever… pic.twitter.com/2a7Gluy6Hz
Whether you're a fan of international politics or a die-hard Bollywood aficionado, September in New Delhi promises to be anything but dull.