The outbreak of Coronavirus across the world has left people in a state of worry. While schools, malls, gyms and other public places are instructed to remain shut till March 31, the film industry also has suffered. With shoots coming to a halt, celebrities are advised to stay at home safely. Considering the seriousness and intensity of the current scenario, Karan Johar owned Dharma Productions and Dharmatic Entertainment, a digital content production company, have called off all their shoots and productions until the situation settles down. A statement was issued by the production houses on their official Instagram accounts yesterday.
"In view of the epidemic spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout the world including India, we at Dharma Productions have suspended all administrative and production work until further notice. This decision has been taken keeping in mind the safety of all and we are complying with all the precautionary measures suggested by the government to minimize the risk of exposure to our cast, crew, workers and audience. We wish for everyone to stay strong and healthy in the face of the ongoing global health crisis. We'll see you at the movies soon," read the statement on Instagram. Karan, sharing the same, wrote, "All of us at Dharma Productions wish for the well-being of the members of our work family and every citizen of the world ...we pray that the world can overcome this situation as soon as possible! God speed to everyone and stay safe and sanitised!"
Taking the situation into consideration, Karan and the makers of Rohit Shetty's Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif starrer Sooryavanshi was pushed ahead indefinitely. The actioner was initially scheduled to release on March 24 this year. As per reports, Dharma Productions' Brahmastra starring Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan has also faced the consequence of Coronavirus and will possibly get postponed yet again. Janhvi Kapoor's Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl's fate is yet to be decided. The film, as of now, is up for the release on April 24, 2020.