Maharashtra approves the reopening of theatres


Posted on 25 September 2021


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Maharashtra, one of the largest markets for the theatre business, has permitted cinemas to reopen, providing respite to both multiplex and single-screen cinema operators. Maharashtra's theatres and auditoriums will reopen on October 22, according to a tweet from Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's office on September 25. The state provides 25-30% of a Hindi film's box office receipts, making it crucial to the success of big Bollywood movies. So far, only Akshay Kumar's huge Bollywood film Bell Bottom has been released in theatres. However, due to the shutdown of theatres in a major market like Maharashtra, the film only performed ordinary business at the box office. According to Elara Capital senior vice-president Karan Taurani, this is a big break for cinemas because there will be a lot of Hindi films released during Diwali. Both INOX and PVR have fully immunised employees. Theatrical releases are planned for Akshay Kumar's Sooryavanshi, Ranveer Singh's 83, and Aamir Khan's Laal Singh Chaddha, among others.


Key Points


  • Maharashtra, one of the largest markets for the theatre business, has permitted cinemas to reopen, providing respite to both multiplex and single-screen cinema operators.

  • The state provides 25-30% of a Hindi film's box office receipts, making it crucial to the success of big Bollywood movies.

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