All hopes down for reopening of cinemas in Unlock 2.0 MAI request the Home Ministry
To be continued effect of lockdown on cinemas after unlock 2.0.
The COVID 19 pandemic has a sizeable impact on the film industry with an approximate loss of over 13,000 crore due to rescheduling of movie releases, halted shootings, locked multiplexes and theatres unable to screen movies. Film industry is passing through its worst phase of finance as it is effecting a daily wage spot boy, superstars and the biggest production houses. It is now more than 100 days, and Bollywood industry is still waiting for a fair relaxation as the Indian government has launched unlock 2.0.
The multiplex association of India wrote a letter to Home Ministry to express their disapproval against the shutdown of multiplexes and cinema halls. The multiplex association of India is highly demoralized and dis hearted with government’s decision of continuous shut down of movie theatres and multiplex on the others hand shopping complexes, offices, markets, domestic travel etc. have been allowed to reopen on the view to trigger the economy.
If we talk about the contribution of Bollywood and TV industry in India’s economy, it accounts for more 50% and still facing numerous challenges of prohibition imposed by the government after unlock 2.0. Multiplex and movie theatre can set best examples for social distancing in comparison to open unorganized market places.
Bollywood contributes around 40% of India’s total income and effects the growth rate between 10 to 20 %. The shutdown of film industry is not only affecting the economy but livelihoods of millions of people attached directly or indirectly to the industry.
The Multiplex Association of India approached the government to allow openings of cinema halls and multiplexes at least in non-containment zones with the assurance to follow the guidelines of proper social distancing. The MAI cited examples of some countries allowing smooth operation of multiplex post COVID.