Covid; Movie theaters in Delhi are closed and releases are postponed
The Delhi government has announced stricter restrictions on the number of Covid cases. The government has ordered the immediate closure of schools, colleges, gymnasiums and movie theater.
After Maharashtra, Delhi is one of the most sought after markets for Bollywood movies. Shahid Kapoor’s release of ‘Jersey’, which was scheduled to hit theaters on Friday, has been postponed following the decision to close theaters here. According to trade analysts, the release of more films will change this way.
About 60 per cent of Bollywood’s Indian collections come from Maharashtra and Delhi. Theaters in Delhi are closed and theaters in Maharashtra have a 50 per cent entry restriction. The jersey makers have also decided to increase the number of Omicron cases in the country. The new release date of the film will be announced only after assessing the situation in the country. At the same time, the possibility of the film switching to an OTT release cannot be ruled out if the situation remains uncertain.
Meanwhile, the Multiplex Association of India has come out to criticize the Delhi government’s decision. The association said in a statement that the decision would cause irreparable damage to the Indian film industry and that theaters across the world had not contributed to Covid’s outbreak. “We urge the government to recognize the need for restrictions and to give the theater industry the same consideration as other industries. The government must support the film industry, which is struggling to survive this ordeal, “said a statement from the Multiplex Association of India.
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