Finally! The Ministry of Home Affairs has allowed the reopening of movie theatres in India with a 50% capacity from October 15.
While some of the movie producers have resumed the work over the past couple of months, now the films will get a chance to release in theatres and people will watch them on the big screens.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to his social media to share the news of the cinemas reopening, while celebs sigh a breath of relief.
The Multiplex Association of India (MAI) meanwhile issued a statement, welcoming the decision, and urged state governments to allow their theatres to reopen. “An urgent permission from the State Governments to reopen cinemas in their States would go a substantial distance in ensuring that the cinema exhibition sector is able to quickly recover from the dire economic and financial impact of the epidemic,” it read.
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The news left many tinsel town stars elated, who took to their social media handles and expressed their happiness. Abhishek Bachchan wrote, “The best news of the week!!!!”
Suniel Shetty took to Twitter and wrote, “Finally”. Director Ram Gopal Varma announced that his film CORONAVIRUS will be the first one to release post lockdown.
Expressing the same and sharing a poster, the director-producer penned, “Finally theatres are open from October 15th and happy to announce that CORONAVIRUS will be the FIRST FILM TO RELEASE AFTER LOCKDOWN #CoronaVirusFilm.”
As per the guidelines, theatres, cinema halls will open from October 15 with only 50 percent of the seating capacity. A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting regarding the same.