Film industry may have no relief for another three months

The Indian film industry is unlikely to have breathing space for another three months. After the peak of the first wave, theatres were not reopened immediately even though cases kept falling week after week. Once theatres started running in the new year, Telugu cinema and, to an extent, Tamil cinema minted money in the form of box office collections.

But, after the second wave, things are uncertain to date. Although theatres have been allowed to reopen across the country (barring a few exceptions), there is no hope till October or so.

Experts are already predicting the onset of the third wave. Compared to the previous week, the last week saw a 7.5% rise in Covid-19 cases in the country. Active cases grew by 14,000.

With AIIMS and a study conducted by Mathukumalli Vidyasagar and Manindra Agrawal at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Hyderabad and Kanpur saying that the third wave will arrive later in August, cinema halls are likely to be shut down in a lot of States. As soon as cases start increasing, state governments shut down cinema halls and shopping malls first. Wonder what is going to happen to a lot of films that are scheduled to be released. 

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