The second wave of coronavirus in Maharashtra has shocked everyone. The daily number of cases reached close to 50,000 on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, it broke the aforesaid mark as 57,074 cases were reported in the state. As a result, the Maharashtra government on Sunday launched a lockdown-like situation in the state till 30 April. As a result, multiplex and single screen cinema will remain closed. However, film and television shoots have been allowed.
Before taking this drastic decision, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray met stakeholders from various fields on Saturday 4 April to discuss the situation and seek their cooperation. The entertainment sector got a fair chance to present its views to the Chief Minister. The industry was represented by director-producer Rohit Shetty, Kamal Gyanchandani, CEO, PVR Pictures, Kapil Aggarwal, joint managing director, UFO Movies, Akshay Rathi, film exhibitor and distributor, Alok Tandon, CEO, Inox Leisure Limited, Nitin Datar . Head of the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI), Devang Sampat, CEO, Cinepolis India, Prakash Chalfalkar, Secretary, Multiplex Association of India and others.
A source revealed, “Uddhav Thackeray applauded Rohit Shetty as he took the bold and difficult decision to postpone his film, Soryavanshi. In return, Rohit agreed that the industry should support the government’s effort to save lives. ” Soryavanshi It was scheduled to be released on April 30, 2021, but Akshay Kumar-Starrer has now been postponed, especially after the lockdown-like situation came into force.
The source further adds, “Kamal Gyanchandani offered his support to the government. But he also said that his sector has suffered for a year and that he will need help in the form of rebates, subsidies, etc. to end these new restrictions. Meanwhile, Nitin Datar requested a waiver of property tax on a single screen and also requested to stay away from certain charges in the hefty bill. “This source continues,” many people in the exhibition area also asked if theaters could have 100% capacity after dying from the second wave. “
When asked what Uddhav Thackeray had to say on these suggestions, sources said, “Uddhav ji admitted that the cinema sector has suffered the most from the epidemic and was dedicated to theaters after the SOP set by the authorities is. But Uddhav ji insisted that the present priority of the government is’zindagi, jaan aur uske baad kaam‘(First life, then livelihood). He stressed that people will get jobs in the future but first, they need to survive this deadly second wave. “
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