Kollywood heaves a sigh of relief as TN govt permits 100 per cent occupancy in theatres

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The Tamil Nadu authorities’s determination to permit theatres throughout the state to refill seats with none restrictions has introduced pleasure to Kollywood. On Monday, the federal government issued an order eradicating the 50 per cent cap on occupancy in theatres. And it’s being considered as a shot in the arm that the Tamil movie business wanted so significantly.

“We welcome the order wholeheartedly as that’s the need of the hour. If 100% occupancy is not there, big films will not release. If big theatrical films do not release, the audience will not come. It’s a chicken and egg situation. To revive the industry, there’s no option other than big films releasing with full occupancy,” stated producer G Dhananjayan.

The authorities in its order famous that making an allowance for the declining quantity of COVID circumstances in the state, it has determined to grant the request of the movie business on the occupancy matter. The order has additionally directed theatres to display screen COVID precautionary measures to create consciousness among the many viewers.

“We are very happy. Big stars will only release their movies if 100 per cent occupancy is allowed,” stated Tamil Nadu Theatres and Multiplexes Owners Association president Tirupur M Subramaniam.

He argued that going to a theatre is safer than visiting a shopping center. “Today people are thronging market places for dress shopping and buying groceries in huge numbers as they used to before coronavirus. In fact, offline shopping is riskier than going to the theatre. People come to the theatre, they don’t interact with anyone, watch the movie while wearing a mask and leave the theatre,” he stated, when requested concerning the security issues in the course of the pandemic.

Subramaniam additional famous that working theatres for the final three months have ready them properly to deal with the group and comply with COVID security protocols. “We take the temperature of our patrons. And we don’t allow anyone inside the premises without a mask. Our staff wear masks, hand-gloves and head cap. We have made sanitizers available. We’re ready,” he added.

Last October, the central authorities allowed cinema halls to reopen with 50 per cent seating capability. But, the business was ready for a main stimulus that may carry again the group to field workplace counters.

And Vijay’s newest film Master is the stimulus that the business must restart the enterprise. “The response (for the last few months) has been very encouraging despite no big releases. The theatres filled seats by re-releasing Aayirathil Oruvan (2010). Imagine what response we will get when we show a Vijay film,” stated M Subramaniam.

It is price noting that Vijay had met Chief Minister Edappadi Okay. Palaniswami not too long ago and requested him to extend the seating capability in theatres. Master is releasing together with Simbu’s Eeswaran to money in on the Pongal vacation.

“There won’t be an issue dividing the screen between Master and Eeswaran. For example, earlier, we accommodated Bigil and Kaithi. Last year, Darbar and Pattas released at the same time,” Subramaniam added.

Several filmmakers in neighbouring states have additionally welcomed the Tamil Nadu authorities’s determination. They are actually hoping governments in their states may even comply with swimsuit.

However, not everyone seems to be as thrilled as members of the movie fraternity. Some individuals on social media have raised critical issues concerning the dangers of a giant crowd being packed inside a closed house, with an air conditioner, for a lengthy period. They level out that a crowded theatre is conducive to the virus’ unfold.

“Extremely unwise decision. Hope people are more sensible and stay away. 2.5 hours in a closed room with hundred others at close range is a text book super spreader situation,” wrote tv persona Sumanth Raman on his Twitter web page.

Politician P Karthi Chidambaram tweeted calling the federal government’s determination as “a move prompted by special interests without taking into health concerns.”

While Master is due in cinemas on January 13, Eeswaran will launch on January 14. And it stays to be seen how individuals reply to those two massive releases in the course of the pandemic.

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