Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs gave a nod to reopen cinema halls with a 50% occupancy. When Times of India got in contact with producer Anand Pandit, he thought it was a strong step in the right direction. He feels that there is no need to wait for theatres to open to full capacity. He has projects like ‘Big Bull’ and ‘Chehre’.
When Anand was asked about his thoughts on the decision of MHA nodding to reopen cinema halls by the Times of India. To that, he replied that he welcomes this news wholeheartedly and said that there is no replacement for the theatrical experience. In this way, the film industry can also recover. He adds that it’s pretty critical too and everybody will have to take necessary measures. “We must ensure that as responsible stakeholders to not take any chances and risks so that there is no need to go back to a complete lockdown again”, said Anand.
Anand states that cinema halls might face a shortage of movies initially but many would want to re-release their films, specifically the ones released on OTT platforms. He says that the release of ‘Big Bull’ will be on OTT but they may consider re-releasing it later.
Anand Pandit mentioned that the film industry can revive again taking into account that everybody follows social distancing and other safety precautions.