When things were getting back to normal in the Indian film industry and film was started rolling the second wave of coronavirus have again ruined all the plans. Now, most of the big-budget unreleased films have to get postponed since the COVID cases are drastically increasing.
Uri: The Surgical Strike and The Immortal Ashwatthama director Aditya Dhar recently talked to a news portal and opened up about the current situation of the cinema-goers.
According to the filmmaker, “Eventually as a culture, we Indians love to mingle and go out and eat food, meet friends. We don’t have lot of things for entertainment. It is mostly cinema, clubs, malls and restaurants. So, theatres and cinemas play a very important role [in our lives]. I am really hoping that once we have the vaccination going — and it is happening at a good speed so far — things will improve.”
Aditya Dhar is hopeful that a lot will change when the vaccination drive will hit at least half the population.
“At least when we achieve 50% vaccination in majority of cities, then way more people will start going to cinema halls. Producers will also have the confidence of releasing big films simultaneously. It is a process. I feel it will gradually increase. It will pick up in June and July, it will be slightly better because I am hoping by then there would be 50% of the population vaccinated in major cities. So, I think that will open up the theatrical space way more than what it is right now,” he explains.
Aditya who is presently working on his next project, sci-fi mythological film, The Immortal Ashwatthama, starring Vicky Kaushal, recently tested positive for Covid. The shooting for the film, which is in the pre-production stage, is slated for later this year.
“I am really looking forward to start shooting as it is a project very close to my heart. I hope all goes well,” he added.