Bollywood hails 100 per cent theater occupancy decision

The government has announced a fresh set of guidelines for cinema theaters, allowing 100 per cent occupancy from this week but with strict Covid 19 protocols.

Filmmakers and the trade alike welcomed the move saying it brings relief and encouragement to the film industry, which has been one of the worst hit due to Covid lockdown.

All eyes are now on the several productions lined up, particularly Rohit Shetty’a Akshay Kumar-Katrina Kaif starrer “Sooryavanshi” and Kabir Khan’s “83” starring Ranveer Singh.

“It’s good news and everyone has been waiting for this. Theatrical revenue is a very big part of profit and cannot be ignored. Producers were getting offers to release films in theatres but they were not doing it because of the finances,” said trade analyst Atul Mohan.

“What happened in the South with ‘Master’ and ‘Krack’ has already encouraged producers and now they have enough reasons too,” Mohan added.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, who is shooting his upcoming film “India Lockdown”, feels the government’s announcement is good news that acts as encouragement for the film trade, especially when the southern film industry has already got the cash registers ringing with the recent releases “Master” and “Krack”.

The key highlights of the new protocol are as follows:

Thermal screening of visitors/staff is to be carried out at entry points. Only

asymptomatic individuals shall be allowed to enter the premises.

Provisions for hand sanitisation should be made available at all entry points and in work areas.

Designated queue markers shall be made available for entry and exit of the audience from the auditorium and the premises.

The exit should be done in a staggered row-wise manner to avoid crowding.

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