After a year of being out of business, Maharashtra Government has finally allowed theatres in Maharashtra to reopen. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office announced that the theatres and auditoriums will be allowed to open from October 22.
“Theatres and auditoriums in Maharashtra will open after October 22, 2021, while observing all Covid safety protocols. SOP is in the works and will be declared soon,” read a tweet from the official account of the CM’s office. The rules that shall be followed once theatres in Maharashtra reopen, is in the works and will be released soon.
Welcoming the decision, Alok Tandon, CEO, INOX Leisure Limited, said, “We welcome the government of Maharashtra’s decision to allow cinemas and multiplexes to reopen from October 22. We are completely geared up and prepared to ensure the safety of our guests and employees. This decision has steered in a lot of cheerfulness, not just for the entire film industry and its audiences, but also for the employees of the cinema exhibition sector, and their families, who have been waiting for this to happen.”
“We are also confident that with this much-awaited announcement, content producers would also plan their releases, which should strengthen the Hindi film content pipeline in the months to come and usher in better health for the cinema exhibition industry. With the hugely successful vaccination program and significantly low COVID-19 cases, we are optimistic that people will return to cinemas as before and we will witness the same happy emotions in our lobbies.”
With this came several announcements of film releases. The floodgate was opened with the announcement made for Sooryavanshi. Rohit Shetty, Akshay Kumar and Karan Johar announced that their action film will be releasing over the Diwali weekend this year. The film will be followed by the release of Bunty Aur Babli 2. Starring Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Sharvari, the Yash Raj Films is slated to hit the theatres on November 19.
Aamir Khan also confirmed that Laal Singh Chaddha will release on Valentine’s Day 2022. The film was initially scheduled to release on Christmas this year. Instead, Ranveer Singh will be taking over the Christmas slot with his sports drama ‘83. Another sports film that has been confirmed for release is Shahid Kapoor’s cricket film Jersey. The film will be releasing on December 31, 2021. Suniel Shetty’s son Ahan Shetty’s debut film Tadap will hit the theatres on December 3.