Multiplex association urges government to reopen cinemas, says jobs are at stake

Multiplex association urges government to reopen cinemas, says jobs are at stake
By: PTI | New Delhi

September 15, 2020 4:28:32 pm

Cinema hall closedThe appeal was made under the hashtag UnlockCinemaSaveJobs. (Photo: Facebook / CarnivalCamus)

Appealing to the government to allow theaters to open “on an immediate basis”, the Multiplex Association of India said on Tuesday that the film exhibition area provides employment to millions of people, with an estimated loss of Rs 9,000 crore in the last six months .

The cinema body, representing all multiplex chains including PVR, INOX and Cinepolis, said the sector directly employs more than two million people and indirectly employs millions.

Describing cinema as the “soft power of India” and the main form of entertainment for millions of Indians, the association said that around 10,000 cinema screens across the country have been shut for six months. The film exhibition area has suffered financially and is now losing jobs, until the government allows theaters to reopen.

The appeal, along with the hashtag UnlockCinemaSaveJobs, was published in some newspapers as a full-page ad and also posted on Twitter.

“Due to the nationwide lockout, the cinema exhibition industry has gone into a very hostile and hostile situation; This was the first area to close and the last to reopen. “

“In view of the terrible economic impact of the epidemic on our region and the livelihood of the people, we sincerely urge the Government of India to allow the cinemas to reopen,” the statement said. Has incurred a monthly loss of Rs 1,500. 9,000 crores in the last six months.

More than 84 countries, including China, Korea, Britain, France, Italy, Spain, UAE, and the US, have already opened theaters to the public while maintaining the highest degree of security protocol and have received encouraging responses.

The film body said that malls, airlines, railways, retail, restaurants, gyms and many such services have already been resumed as part of ‘unblocked’. In the fourth phase of unlocking, bar and metro services were also opened.

The association, which introduced several soaps such as paperless tickets, seat distancing, staggered gaps, regulated entry and exit and regular cleaning arrangements in July, made cinemas a safer place to travel, reiterating that it had better capabilities to ensure crowd management Is equipped with Stringent clean environment while maintaining applicable social distance norms ”.

PVR Pictures, the largest cinema chain in India, appealed with a message on the joy of watching movies in theaters.

“The joy of watching stories comes out on the big screen: clap, laughter and tears. We miss it. Can’t wait to get you back in the movies! #UnlockCinemaSaveJobs, “the series titled the appeal.

“Millions work behind the scenes to bring dreams to life on the big screen. Their jobs are at stake. Please reopen theaters immediately, ”Inox Leisure Limited said while sharing the appeal.

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap also supported MAI’s appeal on Twitter.

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