Cinemas in India will reopen by 16th October with restrictions that will include 50% seating capacity. Vivek Oberoi‘s ‘PM Narendra Modi’ and ‘Khaali Peeli’ staring Ananya Panday, Ishaan Khatter will be the first films to release in the multiplexes. Other movies like Thappad, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, Malang, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and War will join the list in cinema halls.
Anubhav Sinha, director of the movie Thappad which was released on 28th February, believes that the shows were cut-short by the coronavirus pandemic. Meena Iyer, CEO of Ajay Devgn Films has also contributed to rerun the movie. Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan directed by Hitesh Kewalya also contributes saying that reruns are not for box office glory. While theatres in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and some other states will continue to remain shut, business in the other states will resume following the guidelines.
The Ministry of Home Affairs made an announcement on Wednesday. The guidelines will be issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting which means that movie theaters will be back in operation before the festive season. 50 per cent of their seating capacity, for which, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be issued by the ministry, the Government of India mentioned it in the latest guidelines.