• "Sooryavanshi" to release on April 30
  • It will mark the first big Bollywood release post-lockdown
  • Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh will make guest appearances in the film

Indian actor Akshay Kumar took to Instagram on Sunday to announce his upcoming action-drama movie "Sooryavanshi" will release worldwide in cinemas on April 30.

"Sooryavanshi: Because A Promise Is A Promise. We promised you all a cinematic experience and that’s what you will get...the wait is finally over!" he captioned. "Aa Rahi Hai Police [The police are coming] #Sooryavanshi releasing worldwide in cinemas on 30th April 2021. #Sooryavanshi30thApril."

"Sooryavanshi" is a continuation of the "Singham" cop universe, directed by Rohit Shetty, starring Bollywood headliner Ajay Devgn. The cop universe was later expanded as "Simmba," starring actor Ranveer Singh. "Sooryavanshi" is being presented by Reliance Entertainment.

The post-credit of "Simmba," which was released in 2018, first announced "Sooryavanshi" and Kumar, 53, later unveiled posters of the movie in March 2019. Initially, the movie was slated to release in May 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Devgn and Singh will make special appearances in the upcoming movie and reprise their characters from "Singham" and "Simmba," respectively. The movie also stars actress Katrina Kaif in a key role.

Kumar took to Twitter on March 14 and reflected on his bond with the director.

"It was easiest to bond with Rohit because we shared one common passion which brought us together: Action! Happy birthday Rohit, wishing you an action-packed year ahead," he tweeted.

“I am incredibly excited for fans around the world to have the opportunity to return to cinemas and watch an entertaining film like ‘Sooryavanshi,” Kumar said, Variety reported. “I know how hard the past year has been for everyone, with COVID-19 and the lockdowns, and I applaud each one of them for their strength and perseverance in these trying times. I thank my fans sincerely for supporting us this last year.”

The upcoming action thriller is made in association with the Cape of Good Films and Dharma Productions. Reliance Entertainment Group CEO Shibasish Sarkar said, "There is a huge pent-up demand as the public are rearing to go the cinemas, after months of lockdowns."

The movie is set to release on 750 screens outside India and 5,000 screens in the country.

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