The second wave of coronavirus in Maharashtra went to another level, shocking everyone. The daily number of cases reached nearly 50,000 marks on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, she infringed the trademark, as the state registered 57,074 cases. Therefore, the government of Maharashtra on Sunday initiated a similar locking situation in the state until April 30. As a result, multiplexes and single-screen cinemas will remain closed. However, film and television photography are allowed.
Before taking this harsh decision, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Tekkeri actually met with stakeholders from various sectors on Saturday (April 4th) to discuss the situation and seek their co-operation. The entertainment sector was given a fair chance to express its views to the chief minister. The industry was represented by producer-producer Rohit Shetty, Kamal Gianchandani, CEO, PVR Pictures, Kapil Agarwal, co-managing director, UFO Moviez, Akshaye Rathi, film exhibitor and distributor, Alok Tandon, CEO Ltd, INOX Leisure Datar, Head of the Association of Cinema Owners and Exhibitors of India (COEAI), Dewang Sampat, CEO, Cinepolis India, Prakash Chaphalkar, Secretary, Multiplex Association of India and others.
A source revealed: “Uddhav Thackeray praised Rohit Shetty for making the bold and difficult decision to postpone his film, Sooryavanshi. Rohit, for his part, agreed that the industry should support the government’s efforts to save lives. ” Sooryavanshi it was supposed to come out on April 30, 2021, but the star of Akshay Kumar has already been postponed, especially after the situation similar to the lock came into force.
The source added: “Kamal Gianchandani also offered his support to the government. But he also added that their sector has been suffering for a year and that they will need help in the form of waivers, subsidies, etc. to overcome these new constraints. Meanwhile, Nitin Datar has demanded the abolition of the property tax on single screens and also the abolition of certain fees in the solid electricity bill. The source continues: “Many of the exhibition sector have also asked if cinemas can operate at 100% capacity after the second wave goes out.”
Asked what Udhav Thackeray should say to these proposals, the source revealed: “Udhav Ji acknowledged that the cinema sector has suffered the most in the pandemic and that the theaters have dedicated themselves to the SOPs set by the authorities. But Uddhav ji insisted that the government’s current priority was “zindagi, jaan aur uske baad kaam‘(first life, then livelihood). He stressed that people will find work in the future, but first, they must survive in this deadly second wave. “
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