Ever since the coronavirus outbreak in India theatres have been hit hard by the pandemic. Now according to the Ministry of Home Affairs, cinema halls across India will remain closed at least until August 31.
Even if the phase 3rd of unlocking comes into effect in August, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, bars auditoriums and assembly halls will remain prohibited.
According to a notice released by the Ministry, any social, political, sports, religious or entertainment-related functions will also be banned.
Inox CEO Alok Tandon was quoted as saying, “There is already a lot of hype and anticipation around ‘Tenet,’ and [it] is potentially going to pull a lot of viewers to theaters across the country. Considering that some of the scenes were shot in India, and also has an Indian face in the form of Dimple Kapadia, there is an added anticipation for the movie. ‘Mulan’ being an action drama and a remake of an earlier animated super hit, being marketed and distributed by Disney, is also going to be a certain crowd-puller.”
He added, “The current situation of cinema exhibition industry, which is not at the peak of its health, requires tent poles movies as and when circuits begin to open, for a steady revival of the sector,” Tandon added. “We have seen in the West, that even while the governments have allowed the cinemas to operate, some of the chains have not done so, due to the lack of fresh content. If a country-wise staggered release of a movie is an answer to this situation, it can be experimented again.”