The ongoing Covid-19 crisis has again led to theatres in Maharashtra being shut and even in Delhi,they are allowed to run with 30% capacity
The ongoing Covid-19 crisis has again led to theatres in Maharashtra being shut and even in Delhi,they are allowed to run with 30% capacity. Filmmakers have also begun to delay their releases hence, and the Akshay Kumar-starrer Sooryavanshi is the biggest example. It was first delayed in March 2020, and history has repeated itself, much to actor Gulshan Grover’s disappointment.
The actor plays an integral role in the film, which has been pushed indefinitely.
“The very first thought in my mind post the decision, was the safety of the viewers. We are also one of them, and would have to go to theatres to promote the film. It was a very good decision therefore. But for the film to get postponed exactly a year after last March, is very heartbreaking,” he says, adding, “Looking at this situation, it seems theatres will not open soon. Even if they do, the public will not come back so soon.”
The 65-year-old adds that theatre owners themselves won’t be so keen in this uncertainty.
“They will have to refurbish, reinvest with this uncertainty that they may be shut down again in two weeks. It is a large investment. One more dimension in my opinion is the uncertainty of how many days will theatres remain open for, and how willing theatre owners and exhibitors would be to start investing money, time and effort in something, This is a very difficult time for the entertainment industry,” says Grover, whose film Mumbai Saga managed a theatrical release in March.