Delhi government’s decision to close cinemas could cause irreparable damage to film industry, Multiplex Association of India says

In response to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to close movie theaters amid the peak of COVID-19 cases following the emergence of the Omicron variant, Kamal Gianchandani, president of the Multiplex Association of India ( MAI) on Tuesday called on the state government to reconsider the order as it could cause “irreparable damage” to the Indian film industry which had just started to recover from the effects of the lockdowns. Gianchandani instead suggested other methods to counter the increase in the number of cases by introducing a “double vaccination requirement” to enter theaters and reverting to the 50% seating restriction. Mumbai Reports 1,377 COVID-19 Cases, 1 Death in Last 24 Hours; The number of active coronavirus cases rises to 5,803.

Kejriwal on Tuesday declared a “yellow alert” under which schools, colleges, cinemas and gymnasiums will remain closed, stores selling non-essential items will open on an odd and even basis, and subways and buses will operate with 50% of the seating capacity in the city. In accordance with the “Level 1” alert under the Graduated Response Action Plan (GRAP), there would be a nighttime curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and private offices would operate with a physical presence of 50% of the staff, with the exception of essential categories. Yellow alert in Delhi: National capital will see more COVID-19 restrictions as positivity rate surpasses 0.5% amid Omicron fear.

Delhi government’s decision to shut down cinemas in Delhi while implementing the Graduated Response Action Plan (GRAP) ‘yellow’ alert has caused massive uncertainty and could cause irreparable damage to the Indian film industry . The period since March 2020 is undeniably the most difficult period that Indian cinemas have faced in their long history, “Gianchandani said in a statement. The AMI chairman said the operating industry has adhered to government-mandated safety protocols and no Covid-19 outbreaks around the world have been attributed to a movie theater.

“After being allowed to reopen, theaters have already demonstrated their ability to operate safely for the public and employees through the use of improved ventilation systems, improved hygiene and other safety protocols… “Although we fully understand the need on the government side to take the necessary preventive measures, we demand that cinemas be treated equally with comparable industries and institutions,” he added. Like Maharashtra, Gianchandani said, Delhi could also issue a rule that only those who are fully vaccinated would be allowed into theaters.

“Instead of shutting down cinemas, we urge the Delhi government to consider introducing a ‘compulsory double vaccination’ to enter cinemas, as is the case in some of the other states (including Maharashtra),” did he declare. a 50% restriction can be reintroduced in cinemas. We call on the government to recognize the unique social, cultural and economic value of the Indian film industry and to give it the support it desperately needs to survive this unprecedented period, ”he added.

Movie theaters in Delhi were allowed to reopen with 50% seating during the last week of July, with the state government approving 100% occupancy from November 1. MAI, which represents more than 11 cinema channels, operates more than 500 multiplexes across the country, with approximately 2,000 screens and more, is a national group of cinema operators that informs, educates and defends the interests of the cinema industry. cinematographic exploitation.

Earlier today, “Jersey” producers said on Tuesday that the Shahid Kapoor star had been postponed yet again amid an increase in coronavirus cases in the country and concerns over the Omicron variant. News of the film’s postponement for the fourth time comes just three days before it hits theaters nationwide on December 31. The sports drama “83”, released last Friday, despite rave reviews, struggles to maintain box office momentum after the success of “Sooryavanshi” last month, which was a much-needed respite for the sportswear industry. exposures in the midst of the pandemic.

Director Kabir Khan, based on India’s historic 1983 Cricket World Cup victory and directed by Ranveer Singh, has collected Rs.54.29 crore in four days since its release in India. Rohit Shetty’s crime action drama “Sooryavanshi”, starring Akshay Kumar, released over Diwali weekend and saw an overwhelming response at the domestic box office hitting Rs 196 crore net. The next theatrical release is the magnum opus “RRR” by SS Rajamouli, with Ram Charan and Jr NTR, on January 7th.

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