Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday announced that, cinema halls and theatres will be opening from October 22nd with all the covid protocols being followed. The announcement further stated that, govt is preparing for a detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), which will be released later.
Maharashtra CM had a meeting with Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Pradeep Vyas and filmmakers Rohit Shetty, Kunal Kapoor, Markand Deshpande, Subodh Bhave and many dignitaries from theatres before the announcement.
The CEO of multiplex cinema hall chain, Alok Tandon welcomed this move and said that, it’s a very welcome move for the people of Maharashtra that the cinema halls are going to open again, we are completely prepared to ensure the safety of their guest and employees. He also requested film producers to wait for theatre release, instead of going for OTT release.
Filmmaker Rohit Shetty also announced his much awaited film ‘Sooryavanshhi” will be releasing on Diwali and will clash with Marvel’s ‘Eternals’. Earlier, Akshay Kumar starrer was scheduled to release on Eid 2021, but due to lockdown the cinema hall release was halted.
There are many films waiting to open the cinema halls for their release, including some biggies such as, ’83 the film’, K.G.F. Chapter 2, Aamir Khan’s ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’.
According to state’s health department, a total 3286 cases were reported on Friday in Maharashtra, with 3911 recoveries and 51 deaths. Maharashtra has logged over 65.37 lakh Covid cases since the start of the pandemic.