Kerala Film Chamber decides against reopening of theatres

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The issues stemming from COVID-induced disruption continues to plague the Kerala movie business. Theatres will stay shut regardless of the state authorities’s go-ahead to reopen with 50 per cent cap on the occupancy.

The members of the Kerala Film Chamber Of Commerce (KFCC) met in Kochi on Wednesday to resolve on the reopening of theatres in Kerala. And, they’ve determined to not resume screening within the state till their calls for are met by the federal government.

The affiliation has sought a aid package deal from the federal government because the field workplace took a extreme hit following the coronavirus-induced lockdown. Even as neighbouring states allowed theatres to renew enterprise since final October, the Kerala authorities didn’t permit the identical. Only final week, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan permitted theatres and multiplexes to function with sure restrictions.

While many thought that it could convey cheers to the battered producers, exhibitors and distributors, it appears the federal government’s announcement has solely made them upset. The members of KFCC are disenchanted that the federal government didn’t give any aid package deal to assist the movie business, which has suffered losses operating into tens of millions of rupees.

The theatre house owners have requested the federal government to waive off mounted electrical energy prices incurred by cinemas through the lockdown interval. And they’ve additionally demanded full exemption on leisure tax.

Meanwhile, there’s additionally an inside battle brewing amongst producers and theatre house owners. According to TV studies, theatre house owners owe about Rs 16 crore to producers over movies that had been launched earlier than covid. But, the exhibitors declare that the due shouldn’t be greater than Rs 4.25 crore.

Theatres had been hoping to make some positive aspects by reopening subsequent week with Vijay’s much-awaited film Master. The stakeholders had been betting on Vijay’s enormous fan following to convey the gang again to the field workplace within the state. It stays to be seen whether or not theatre house owners will obtain any breakthrough within the negotiations with the federal government earlier than January 13 and open screens for Master.

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