Kaminey and Life Partner won't release in Mumbai on Aug 14

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By Bollywood Hungama News Network

The swine flu scare has really caught on big time and now after Pune, this morning 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.

With multiplexes having to shut shop, the question on everyone's mind is what will happen to the fate of this week's two new releases Kaminey and Life Partner. Both the movies are eagerly awaited and have created tremendous buzz among the junta and industry insiders. Besides this being a long holiday weekend (Friday is Janmashtami), it has indeed put the makers in a dilemma situation whether to go ahead with the release or not?

When Bollywood Hungama got in touch with Preeti Shahni of Studio 18 to find out about the release status of Life Partner, Sandeep Bhargava of Indian Films said, "We are releasing the film on this Friday the 14th of August with an exception of Mumbai and Thane. It was very late to withdraw and push the release, as all our prints have already been dispatched across India and the overseas territory as well."

Meanwhile speaking about the release status of Kaminey, Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures, said "There is immense buzz and anticipation around the release of Kaminey which is clearly one of the most awaited films of the year. There is already a heavy rush for the Paid Previews of the film nationwide and in US/ UK & Dubai. We are going ahead with the release of the film this Friday across the country and worldwide in 1200 screens. However, this will not include the markets of Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai following the directive given by the government. We look forward to release the film in these regions as soon as the cinemas are given permission to re-open. Being a corporate we are fully insured for the two day delay we are facing in these markets"

Going by this, one thing is certain that Mumbaikars will certainly not get their dose of Bollywood this Friday.