Cinema Halls reopening in August: Information & Broadcasting Ministry suggests

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Rising cases of coronavirus in India has forced the nation for countrywide lockdown. Most of the industries have been closed in India.

Unlock 1.0 and 2.0 allowed many sectors to reopen. Cinema halls are yet to open in India. There are possibilities of reopening of movie theatres in the Unlock 3.0 in August.

India’s Information & Broadcasting Ministry on Friday suggested that cinema halls¬† across the country should be allowed to reopen from August.

In a closed-door meeting with the CII Media Committee on Friday, Information & Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare recommended that cinema halls may be allowed to reopen all over the country as early as August 1 or at the latest around August 31.

Amit Khare also said that the final decision of opening the cinema halls from August will be taken by Home Ministry counterpart Ajay Bhalla.

In the absence of Cinema halls or movie theatres, a number of Bollywood films including Sushant Singh Rajput’s “Dil Bechara” were released on the OTT platforms.

Possible guidelines for cinema halls reopening:

According to the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, every alternate seat in a row should be occupied, and then the next row is kept vacant and proceeding in this fashion throughout.

As per reports, the meeting was attended by media CEOs like NP Singh of Sony, Sam Balsara (Madison), Megha Tata, (Discovery), Gaurav Gandhi (Amazon Prime), Manish Maheshwari (Twitter), S. Sivakumar (Bennett Coleman and Co Ltd), and K. Madhavan, Star & Disney, and also Chairman, CII Media Committee.

Cinema owners, present in the interaction, however, is of the view that the suggestion of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry is not so good, and showing films with fewer people would only result in losses.

Cinema Hall alternates: OTT platforms

After cinema halls were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many films have been released on OTT platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, ZEE5, etc.




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