Film Theaters and Multiplexes are allowed to operate from October 15th with a 50% occupancy limit. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry was entrusted with the task to finalize the SOPs to be followed while re-opening the theaters.
The SOPs are yet to be released. While allowing the film theaters, the Union Government gave the freehand for the states to decide the re-opening which has become a problem for Bollywood which would need theaters to open across the country.
Maharashtra’s government itself did not allow theaters to re-open. Mumbai circuit which is key for the revival of business can not remain closed and so, Bollywood is unlikely to get any respite at least in October. With that more movies are likely to take the OTT Route.Follow @THEPANIPURI