Nikamma, starring Shilpa Shetty, Abhimanyu Dassani and Shirley Setia, is set to be released theatrically on June 17. Billed as an action entertainer, the film is directed by Sabbir Khan of Heropanti and Baaghi fame.
Khan said he is thrilled that Nikamma will finally hit the screens after the makers held on to its release due to the pandemic.
“The whole team has been waiting very patiently for the times to be right for the world and I am just happy to see our film finally getting a theatrical release, which is what the film was conceived for.
“The fresh new pairing of Abhimanyu and Shirley will surprise everyone, with Shilpa in a totally different avatar. I hope that the audiences will show the same love for Abhi and Shirley as they had done for Tiger and Kriti in their debut Heropanti,” the filmmaker said in a statement on Thursday.
Shetty, who had been away from the big screen for more than a decade, returned to films with last year’s comedy Hungama 2, which was released on Disney+Hotstar.
With Nikamma, the 46-year-old actor said it’s “great to be back” in the theatres after a “hiatus of 15 years”. Her last big screen release was Apne in 2007.
“It’s the first film I said yes to after my sabbatical, and I was convinced by Sabbir’s grasp on the craft and the unusual and exciting part he had to offer.
“Avni has been one of my most challenging roles yet, but also a part I enjoyed playing to the hilt. Can’t wait for people to enjoy Nikamma in the theatres,” Shetty said.
The film is produced by Sony Pictures Films India and Sabbir Khan Films.
Nikamma will be Dassani’s second theatrical release after his 2019 debut Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. He was last seen in the Netflix romantic comedy Meenakshi Sundareshwar.
“They say good things take time, I believe the same when it comes to Nikamma. Working on this film has been an adventure. I’m glad we chose to wait for a theatrical release for it.
“Nikamma is a total family entertainer that is best enjoyed in a community viewing experience of a theatre with popcorn and samosas,” he added.
Setia, who made her acting debut with the Netflix film Maska, thanked the makers for deciding to release the film “at the right time”
“I hope that my fans support us with all their love, as they have always done till now,” she added.