Producers, distributors, exhibitors hail Maha govt's decision for reopening of theatres
Its going to be a happy one.The big ticket movie release will make a happy Diwali for all of us in the movie business and audience, who are deprived of entertainment for a very long time, Rathi told PTI.Trade analyst Amul Mohan said the Maharashtra governments decision will boost the confidence of producers and exhibitors.It is limited right now in terms of occupancy but its a great start.
Film producers, distributors and cinema hall owners on Saturday welcomed the Maharashtra government's announcement that cinema halls and multiplexes in the state will open from October 22.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said cinema halls and drama theatres in the state will be permitted to operate from October 22, on the condition that they follow all the protocols required to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The state government will soon issue the standard operating procedure (SOPs).
''Thanks to our Honourable Chief Minister, Shri Uddhav Thackeray, theatres in Maharashtra to reopen from 22nd October. And FINALLY!!! we can say, This DIWALI…AA RAHI HAI POLICE…,” Shetty wrote on social media.
The exhibition industry has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic as it affected the film shoots and releases across India.
In 2020, the cinema operations came to a halt from mid-March due to the pandemic, only to be restarted for a few months starting from October and November last year in various parts of the country.
As the country witnessed a decline in COVID-19 cases, several states including Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh received a go-ahead to resume movie business in cinema halls. But the government of Maharashtra, a key centre for Hindi films, hadn't yet allowed the reopening of theatres. In the past several months, many backdoor meetings were held with filmmakers and cinema owners urging the Maharashtra government to consider reopening of theatres.
Leading film producer Bhushan Kumar of T-Series banner, who has over a dozen movies awaiting for release, said he is overwhelmed and has begun chalking out plans for theatrical releases.
''We all are very excited about this news. Many producers like us, Yash Raj Films are waiting for theatres to reopen as we did hold on to our big movies. We are also chalking out plans for our films and will make announcements soon.
''We are thrilled about the release of ‘Sooryavanshi’ during Diwali. Now there will be films releasing and it will be a good boost for the industry,'' Kumar told PTI.
''The industry needs this revival and given that Maharashtra is one of the biggest markets, we hope to see the return of audiences to the theatres. What better time to start than Diwali! ''I honestly don't see too many clashes given that the industry understands that the return of audiences might be slow and it would be best to avoid a situation where the audiences worth get divided,'' Pandit said.
“We are completely geared up and prepared to ensure the safety of our guests and employees. This decision has resulted in a lot of cheer, not just for the entire film industry and its audiences, but also for the employees of the cinema exhibition sector, and their families, who have been waiting for this to happen,” Tandon said in a statement.
“With the hugely successful vaccination program and significantly low COVID-19 cases, we are optimistic that people will return to cinemas as before and we will witness the same happy emotions in our lobbies,” he added.
''It is a very happy moment and we hope SOPs are reasonable and make movies accessible to the widest possible audience. Diwali is just two weeks away from it (October 22). It's going to be a happy one.
''The big ticket movie release will make a happy Diwali for all of us in the movie business and audience, who are deprived of entertainment for a very long time,” Rathi told PTI.
''It is limited right now in terms of occupancy but it’s a great start. It is better to be cautious as COVID-19 is still around.
''However, it is a good time to begin and plan releases for Diwali. This must give confidence to producers who are sitting on their films for two years. Also, the idea should be to get audiences to theatres as fear psychosis is still playing in people’s mind,'' Mohan told PTI.
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