Since the Central Government has allowed the cinema halls and multiplexes across the country can reopen on October 15 with 50 per cent seating capacity, the owners are ready to cope up with the new normal.
However, there is no announcement from the Maharashtra state government has been made regarding when cinemas across the state will reopen.
A meeting was held with State Cultural Affairs Minister Amit Deshmukh, Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India President Nitin Datar. Informing about the meeting Nitin Datar was quoted as saying, “The meeting was cordial and we requested the minister to allow cinemas and multiplexes to reopen immediately or as soon as possible, as per central government guidelines. The minister gave us an assurance that they will take a decision soon but no fixed date or hint was given as to when.”
Datar added: “Mumbai and Maharashtra form a major circuit from where the government, as well as the film industry, earns money. Business coming from Mumbai and Maharashtra is around 30 to 40 per cent of the total business of India. Unless the theatres reopen, distributors will not be keen to release films. So, the Maharashtra government should take an initiative for the film industry, otherwise, the film industry will lose and exhibitors in the other states, which have permission, will find it difficult to get the new films.”
“Producers are right when they say they will not give films unless the theatres are opened. They are ready to give the films two to three weeks after theatres reopen,” Datar informed.
For now, theatre owners in the state await their governments’ nod to open doors to the audience.