Trade analyst Taran Adarsh came forward to confirm the news and tweeted, ''New release date for #HelicopterEela: 12 Oct 2018... Since director Pradeep Sarkar is diagnosed with dengue, Ajay Devgn has taken a decision to resume work on the film after Sarkar is discharged from hospital... Ajay Devgn and Jayantilal Gada have now shifted the film to 12 Oct.''
While in the hospital he came out to direct a scene with Amitabh Bachchan to complete the shooting schedule. Special care was taken with an ambulance and a doctor on standby on the set. He had an IV drip on his hand and after completing the shoot he went back to the hospital to continue with his treatment.
A source close to the makers revealed, "Ajay doesn't want the post-production of the movie to go on without Pradeep dada around. He wants the director to complete the film as per his vision. Ajay is ready to wait for Dada to be fit enough so he can himself oversee the last stages of post-production. So, he decided to defer the release to October 12."
Co-produced by Ajay Devgn, Kumar Mangat Pathak, Vikrant Sharma, Reshmaa Kadakla, Kaushal Kantilal Gada, Neeraj Gala, 'Helicopter Eela' that was earlier slated to release on September 7 will now release on October 12.