For, Bengal’s entertainment industry, finally something to cheer for! The West Bengal government on Saturday announced cinema halls, jatras, open air theatres and musical and dance performances will be allowed to resume in the state from October 1, adhering to physical distancing norms with a maximum crowd of 50 people.
Firdausul Hassan, the president of Film Federation of India, has welcomed the decision lauding Bengal government’s initiative to revive the entertainment industry.
“We have been waiting eagerly for the reopening of the theatre screens across the country and we welcome the West Bengal Government’s initiative in taking the first step forward in this matter since the livelihood of hundreds is associated with the industry and even though with 50 people, it’s a start nevertheless. We are hopeful that soon the Government will consider further relaxation of the number of people inside the theatres. Let’s work to make this upcoming festive season truly festive for all!” said Firdausul.
Cinema halls have remained closed since the coronavirus lockdown started in late March. Bengal now becomes the first state in India to restart theatre operations. It comes following multiplex and single screen owners’ month-long social media campaigns protesting the denial of reopening permits to them. Given that aviation service and malls already reopened, it’s unfair to keep the entertainment industry out particularly when there are about 20 lakh jobs at stake, they had argued.