Following the New Delhi coronavirus epidemic, theaters have started opening in some states from October 16, according to guidelines set by the central government. However, the number of first-day viewers was very low on Friday. Given the danger of Kovid-19, people are still hesitant to go to theaters. The filmmakers hope the weekend will improve.
Explain that the central government has allowed the opening of theaters with a capacity of 50 per cent, meaning that only half the tickets will be sold in the cinema hall. Housefull 4 is set in the Delight Theater in Delhi. Here General Manager, Raj Kumar Malhotra told IANS – We are not expecting a home from the first day. We’re not expecting 50 percent to come. At 12 noon, only 50-60 people showed up. But, we’re glad things started. Today, 50-60 people are sitting, telling their families that it’s safe to go to the theater and watch the movie, and then most people start coming.
Speaking on the occasion, Kunal Sahni, Vice President of Operations of Carnival Cinemas – Delhi-NCR, theaters in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Gujarat. The show, which took place at 11 am, was attended by 25-30 people. More and more people are coming as word spreads. Section 375, War, Malang and Queen is set in Carnival Cinemas. Movies are already being played in local languages in Punjab, Gujarat and Bengal.
Yogesh Raizada, director of Web Cinemas, says business will be cool before Navratri and Diwali. Talking about occupancy at this time is not okay as there is no seven month gap and no new stuff. It is important to build the confidence of the audience so that they return to theaters. Asked about placing OTT release films in theaters, Raizada said it creates a false tradition. Everyone wants to release films in theaters with OTT, which reduces the attractiveness of theaters. Eight weeks after its release in theaters, any movie goes to TV or OTT, allowing the film to move to the big screen.
Let us tell you that multiplex owners have already refused to put such films in OTT during the pandemic lockout. The filmmakers hope the new films will come out from October 30th. They include Hollywood films.