They were sure that when theatres reopened, films like Top Gun: Maverick, No Time to Die, Mission: Impossible 7, and big-budget Indian releases would entice moviegoers to return. Since highly anticipated titles such as actioner Sooryavanshi, starring veteran Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, and cricket drama 83, both from Reliance, have been on hold for over a year, mainstream Hindi language Bollywood did not see any major performers during the brief window when cinemas did reopen. Because India has traditionally been an under-screened market, with just approximately 9,000 screens, the interruption in windows came at a high cost to theatres. The number is thought to have dropped even lower, with estimates estimating that approximately 1,500 single-screen theatres having to close their doors owing to the epidemic in the previous year. read more