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Bombay: The decision of the government of Maharashtra to reopen cinemas and theaters from October 22 has delighted filmmakers and cinema owners. With this move, the Marathi film industry, single screen cinemas and multiplexes are gearing up for festive releases.
Renowned director Rohit Shetty has confirmed the release of his highly anticipated film Sooryavanshi on Diwali while ’83’ star Ranveer Singh is set to hit screens this Christmas. The news also spread happiness among Bollywood stars like Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar, among others, as the film industry has suffered greatly due to the COVID pandemic.
Commenting on the decision, director-producer Kedar Shinde added, âI ask the government to consider reopening theaters with 100% occupancy. Producers only get 30% of the shares if there is a full house. We were eagerly awaiting the reopening of cinemas, according to the report published in the India time.
MAI urged Maharashtra government to reopen cinemas
Movie theaters that had been closed since March 2020 due to fear of COVID were reopened in November. However, theaters and cinemas across India have been closed since April of this year due to the second wave.
The move came two weeks after the Multiplex Association of India (MAI), along with major cinema chains PVR and INOX, urged the Maharashtra government led by Uddhav Thackeray to reopen state cinemas on an “urgent basis. “by invoking losses.
SOPs are expected
Following the announcement of the reopening of cinemas and theaters, SOPs that need to be followed are still being developed to contain the spread of COVID amid a possible third wave.
Reportedly, theaters will operate at 50 percent of their capacity. However, there is no clarity as to whether only fully vaccinated citizens will be allowed to watch the movies.
Another actor-producer Makarand Deshpande, speaking to YOU clarified that âtheaters are our temples. I’m especially happy because live performers and backstage performers, who were out of work during the lockdown, can now resume their livelihoods. “
Many believe that few Bollywood films planned for festive releases will help citizens get back into the habit of returning to theaters.