Indian cinema is the big sector which is worst hit by the pandemic. While the movie theatres are still under the lockdown ever since the first phase of lockdown in March, seems like the recent recommendations made by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry might come to industry’s rescue.
Into details, owing to the immense loses incurred to the cinema hall owners, distributors and the people who depend on the industry for livelihood, I&B Ministry has recommended the Union Home Ministry allow cinema halls to reopen in August.
Sources revealed that I&B Secretary Amit Khare is on the verge of taking a final call after an interaction with the CII Media Committee on Friday. The committee also was said to discuss the recommendations to be made to the theatre owners over the sanitising steps taken to ensure the safety of the movie buffs.
However, it was learnt the theatre owners, present in the interaction didn’t come in terms with the committee’s idea of running films at 25% auditorium capacity. The meeting was also attended by a few senior Bollywood producers who raised concerns over most of the movie being stuck at the pre-production stage.
Industry analysts as well started speculating, if Indian cinema is really ready for the releases while almost 90 per cent of the films big to small budgeted came to an abrupt halt.