The entire Tamil film industry is eagerly looking forward to seeing what the Tamil Nadu state government is going to decide about allowing 100% occupancy in theatres. For the past couple of months, movies were being screened in Chennai and other areas with 50% occupancy. However, theatre owners have been urging the government to allow 100% occupancy at least from Pongal, in a bid to bail them out from financial losses.
Incidentally, actor Vijay had met Tamil Nadu CM, Edappadi Palaniswami recently and urged him to consider the request to allow 100% occupancy in cinema halls. With Vijay’s Master slated for release in theatres, the theatre owners association is hoping that the government will take a favourable decision. However, in a recent statement to the media, Palaniswami stated that Vijay didn’t ask him to do his film, Master, a favour. “He met me to talk about the whole film industry. Vijay told me that the producers are struggling hard by investing crores of money and requested me to help them. The meet is not just regarding Master,” the Tamil Nadu CM said.
Although the final decision from the government is still pending, there’s a festive atmosphere in the film circles in Kollywood with the impending release of Master, which has been waiting for a theatrical release since April, 2020. Whether the state government changes its stand on the occupancy or not, the film is expected to take a flying start at the box office and the entire film industry will come out in support of the film to bring the crowds back to cinema halls in big numbers.
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