Maharashtra has eased restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 gradually since August. Last week, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray allowed cinemas and auditoriums to open to customers from October 22. Theaters are expected to operate at 50% of seating capacity after reopening and can only allow entry to fully vaccinated people, according to reports.
Business and industry insiders welcomed the decision with open arms and are now looking to see people go out and get business going again. Here’s how the big bosses in business and industry reacted to the decision.
Ajai Rai (Producer): “As a producer, I could totally sympathize with my ilk who was anxiously awaiting the reopening of Maharashtra theaters. The films released outside Maharashtra, it was like excluding the Taj Mahal from Agra. It just didn’t make sense. Thanks to Uday Thackerayji for finally doing what is necessary. We can start breathing again.
Sharad Kelkar (actor): “This is great news for all of us Maharashtrians. We are all movie buffs. For me, watching movies in the cinema is the only way to truly enjoy movies. I have a few versions pending. Hopefully they will hit theaters now. We’re all waiting to see Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi in theaters. So this is great news for Diwali. All thanks to Udhav Thackeray Sir. It has taken a big step and that is beneficial for our film industry. And thanks to Rohit Shetty Sir and Jayantilal Gadha Sir who went to meet Uddhav Thackeray Sir and convinced him. Can’t wait to go back to the theater.
Taran Adarsh (trade expert): “Wonderful development. The revival of cinema has begun. Maharashtra alone contributes 35% of all business in India and the reopening of cinemas has rejuvenated all sectors of production, distribution and exhibition. With Sooryavanshi arriving this Diwali, expect more announcements in the coming days.
Suneel Darshan (Producer-Director): “With an aggressive double vaccination in Maharashtra, the cautious and calculated reopening of cinema screens will only invite a positive response if the exhibition sector seduces the public with attractive films in consensus with the production sector and avoids the approach. bossy bossy, leading to a win-win situation for all parties … This will now lead to pan-Indian releases of the big-budget movies awaiting unlock.
Girish Johar (producer, sales expert): “This is really great news. I am personally very optimistic and enthusiastic about this. So happy that this Diwali the Box Office will celebrate with films. With a cautious approach, the public will also come back, faster vaccination will boost consumer confidence, and the whole machine will start working again. using English films and local language films … the cinema business cycle begins again.
Atul Mohan (Commercial expert): “Fantastic news at last. We were all looking forward to this. Because we all know in the business that unless Mumbai and Maharashtra open up, the trade in Hindi movies and Hollywood movies is bound to be affected and no producer would want to risk ignoring this great market. We’ve seen how collections from recent releases have been affected due to the shutdown of cinemas in Maharashtra, and that’s why no other movie has announced its release date. With the opening of theaters also comes the big news of the release of Sooryavanshi, a film perfect to draw audiences to theaters.
Anees Bazmi (director): “I think it was really necessary. Considering that the government has controlled the pandemic situation in Maharashtra very well, this seems like a good next step towards normalcy. Finally, a lot of projects from my director and producer friends can now hit theaters that a lot of people have been waiting for, including mine, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. “
Amod Mehra (trade expert): ” We cross fingers. October 22 is still almost four weeks away. God willing, if things don’t deteriorate, the film industry will have happy days here again.
Anand Pandit (Producer): “It is absolutely wonderful news that cinemas are reopening in Maharashtra before Diwali. We were waiting for this and I am glad that the government, in its wisdom, decided to reopen the theaters. Yes, it will be a Diwali on the big screen and hopefully a blockbuster. The industry needs this revival and given that Maharashtra is one of the biggest markets, we hope to see audiences return to theaters. What better time to start than Diwali! Honestly, I don’t see too many clashes as the industry understands that audience feedback can be slow and that it would be best to avoid a situation where audience value is split.
Shaailesh R Singh (Producer): “This is good news for producers, operators and the public. We were all waiting for this.
Akshay Rathi (Exhibitor): “He came a little late. But we are all very happy that the cinemas in Maharashtra and Mumbai are now allowed to operate again. Maharashtra contributes an important part to the Box Office collections. Therefore, releasing films in India outside of Maharashtra was impossible for most producers. With this announcement, Sooryavanshi is already scheduled for Diwali. And I’m sure we’ll see many more release announcements soon. We have to thank all the producers, exhibitors and audiences who have patiently waited for the magic of the movies to resume. “
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