Almost after six months of a shutdown with the nation going into complete lockdown in the view of pandemic, the movie theatres and multiplexes are all set to hit the track from Thursday. As the part of Unlock 5.0, Union ministry of information and broadcasting issued guidelines regarding the operations at cinemas and the precautions to be noted for the cinephiles.
According to the new guidelines issued by the Union ministry of information and broadcasting, cinema halls are allowed to operate with 50% occupancy maintaining one-seat distance. Apart from which, the movie-goers from tomorrow need to adhere to a roll of guidelines like digital payment system, movement restriction during intermission and providing the mobile number.
However, even as cinema halls are all set for the re-opening, no new movies for the release turned as a concern. Seems like the first two weeks will mostly see reruns of pre-lockdown movies which would also help to reinstate consumer confidence and assuring them about safety.
Meanwhile, the majority of the regional movies which are waiting for a theatric release are slated to hit the silver screens in October and early November. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biopic ‘PM Modi’ and Sushant’s films like ‘Kedarnath’ and ‘Dil Bechara’ are among the list of films that would have a theoretical release.
There has been no update on big films like ‘Sooryavanshi’ and ’83’ which wrapped up post-production as well. Carnival Cinemas has already announced that they would run all-time favourites like ‘Baahubali’ and ‘PK’. PVR on the other hand are looking at making offers and schemes on ticket prices and food and beverages.