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Barriers no solutions in this crisis time:Dr Shrikant Bhasi

Barriers no solutions in this crisis time:Dr Shrikant Bhasi

Published:22 May 2020

It is a fact that crores go into the making of a film, a good part of which often is through loans and personal borrowings. But the lockdown and resultant closure of cinema halls has resulted in good number of films unsure on when they will hit the theatres.

The Covid-19 pandemic has literally brought the nation to a standstill over the last two months. It has weakened every sector, disrupting the very foundations of economic security and in a handful of States like Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, to name a few, it has tightened its grip. Despite the fact that there have been some relaxations in the lockdown, the pinch has been painful in various sectors of the economy. One such sector is the film industry.


With people forced to stay indoors, there have been attempts to screen some films through video streaming and the Amazon Prime OTT platforms, kicking up controversies. From Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushman Khurana starrer `Gulabo Sitabo’ directed by Shoojit Sircar to Malayalam movie `Soofiyum Sujatayum’ there are a few films in the queue for such a release. This has also strengthened the call for banning the producers of these films.


It is a fact that crores go into the making of a film, a good part of which often is through loans and personal borrowings. But the lockdown and resultant closure of cinema halls has resulted in good number of films unsure on when they will hit the theatres. In such circumstances, if attempts are made to take any route to ensure that the film reaches the viewers, none can be blamed because times are such and exceptional routes may be trudged.


But ultimately, films must reach the theatres creating a festive mood with all the usual fervour and excitement. It should not be forgotten that innovations in theatres and a host of multiplexes discounted fears that the television would spell doom of the cinema. This also saw Malayalam cinema, constricted by boundaries, go on to enter the billion club through global release. In Kerala there are a number of small and big theatres and multiplexes. Like in the making of a film, owners of these theatres and multiplexes have borrowed to invest crores. The livelihood of several is dependent on these theatres and multiplexes trapped by the lockdown for over two months. When restaurants and hotels are to be opened, theatres too should be allowed to function, strictly following the social distancing and other safety norms.


This lockdown should be a learning curve. All need to realise that strikes and closures, at least for the time being, are no solutions. We can say good bye to days of hatred and animosity. At least a few of us distanced ourselves despite closeness. Now, while maintaining physical distance, we can get closer psychically. We will implement a moratorium on acrimony and welcome the new post-crisis days. These hard times have to certainly pass.

Dr Shrikant Bhasi
Chairman, Carnival Group


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