Covid-19: Takht's Italy Schedule Canceled
Due to Covid-19 pandemic, Karan Johar's film Takht's shooting schedule in Italy has been cancelled. The film was based around the Mughal era
Karan Johar's upcoming magnum opus, Takht, was all set to shoot in Florence, Italy. The film had a star-studded cast of Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar. However, due to the pandemic of Coronavirus, the schedule has been cancelled. According to the website, Filmibeat, their sources learnt that the cast was to go to Florence in the first week of April but due to the pandemic, the shoot has been shelved for the time being. The film had also faced delays in the past.
Earlier, Karan Johar's production house, Dharma, had shut down all productions and Bollywood had started a relief fund for daily wage workers who were the most hard hit by the shut-down.
Karan Johar's previous magnum opus, Kalank, did not fare very well at the box office. Releasing in 2019, the film starred Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur along with Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt. The film was also based on an earlier era (during partition) but failed to impress audiences much. Many had questioned Karan's decision to move ahead with Takht, another big production on a mass scale. However, soon after the release of Kalank, Karan had announced Takht and released the poster.
Takht's poster with the cast announcement
Italy has been hit very badly with the pandemic. It only had a few cases as the virus began to spread but currently it is one of the most effected countries in the world due to the virus. It is in complete lockdown and the health system is also under extreme pressure due to the vast number of cases. It currently has 47,021 cases and has faced 4032 deaths. There were only 3 cases in Italy on February 15 but the virus spread at a rapid speed in the next thirty odd days taking the number to over 47 thousand. Just yesterday (March 20) there was a record of 627 deaths per day, the highest recorded so far in the country. Experts say that the virus still hasn't reached its peak but will do so in the next two weeks which could result in a massive increase in cases.