Hours after the coronavirus outbreak claimed the lives of 5,000 people worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) declare a global health emergency cautioning the infected countries. While the spread of the novel virus reportedly slowed down in China, it has been taking a toll at other countries like Italy, Spain, Iran and so on.
In India, it is no exaggeration in stating that there has been no sector or person left untouched, right from the stock market to local businesses. The film industry is one such sector facing adverse effects followed by the respective state governments’ decisions to contain the viral infection.
It all started with the countries rejecting VISA for shooting and now the theatres shut show making it difficult for the movies ready for releases. It is known news that the Kerala government has rejected permissions for the shooting of Allu Arjun’s next in the direction of Sukumar.
In a recent revelation, the Telangana government instructed to shut down schools, colleges, malls and to avoid public gathering until March 31st. Which left the Film Nagar in oblivion with tens of film ready for the releases and a few films undergoing shooting schedules.
“Though there are no upcoming big releases all the low budget film scheduled their releases in this season which are being affected the most,” said one of the senior members of Telangana Theatre Association. Meanwhile, theatre owners raised concerns over shutting down the theatres as they need to pay the overhead charges, daily wages and other maintenance charges irrespective of the tickets sale.