The Multiplexes Association of India(MAI) expressed their disappointment on the guidelines of the central government to keep the multiplexes closed in the unlock 2.0. They insisted to at least allow operations of cinema houses in non-containment zones in the country. According to the MAI, the multiplex industry is the backbone of the Indian film industry and it employs more than two lakh people and accounts for 60% of revenues in the film business.
Shibasish Sarkar, CEO of Reliance Entertainment added, “As part of the whole ecosystem, we have the similar thought as theirs. Yes I agree that the government is taking precautions, but if you’re opening up salons and malls, then why not theatres? At least in cinemas, everything is in a very controlled environment, so if there’s a diktat given to the owners that you can open with only so many people and following the do’s and don’ts, it’s pretty easy to maintain safety.”
The film exhibitor Akahye Rathi shows his full support to the association and said,’It’s not that cinemas are going to be the reason behind the spread of the virus.The theatres have been shut for over 100 days, but the spread has not been contained or controlled. So, to let enterprises keep bleeding and give rise to more unemployment is certainly not a good move.” He added in the agreement ,’We’ll need grants and subsidies if you want us to remain shut for the next couple of months. If not, then give us the opportunity to earn our living.”
Atul Mohan gave an example of the New Zealand government which has provided USD 48 million (Rs 360 crore approx) to their country’s film industry to help them revive and hopes “something similar” can be done here, too.