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Kozhikode: Theatres across the state will be reopened on Monday, but the theatre owners are still not happy as they are concerned about the current Covid-19 restrictions.
“Entry is allowed only for those who have taken both the doses of vaccine. It means, only less than fifty percent of the population will be allowed to enter. After all, people below 18 years of age are not allowed as they are not vaccinated. We will definitely miss a large chunk of film lovers in between age 15 to 18,” said G Suresh Kumar, President of Film Chamber of Commerce.
Expressing these concerns film exhibitors’ associations have held a meeting with the Minister of Culture and Cinema, Saji Cherian. “He assured talking to the chief minister and hope our concerns will be redressed.”
Due to these concerns, major movie producers have not yet expressed willingness to release their works. “On Monday, there will only be one movie in theatres, which is ‘No Time to Die’, the 25th movie in the James Bond series. In the first week of November, two Tamil movies, Rajanikanth’s ‘Annatthe’ and ‘Doctor’ of Sivakarthikeyan, will be released. The producers of ‘Kurup’, ‘Thuramukham’, ‘Marakkar’ and all have not yet responded positively. They all are waiting to see the turnout in the beginning to take a decision. If there is good response, they all will release the movie without a second thought,” he added.