Braving low turnout during pandemic, city theatres to screen films in truncated manner

Kolkata: Owners of some single-screen Kolkata theaters who were reflecting on suspension of screening from Friday because of low turnout at resumed film lobbies, switched their choice, saying the show will go on in a shortened way, after their partners in Mumbai chose to open ways to watchers regardless of dangers. The improvement in Maharashtra with film corridor proprietors in the western state choosing to work has roused the proprietors here to run film lobbies even with one show, a representative of the Eastern India Motion Pictures Association (EIMPA) said.

“If Mumbai, the hub of Hindi film industry with a large number of theatres, can take the risk of operating cinema halls amid lack of new content and fear of the audiences contracting COVID-19, why not Kolkata?” he inquired.

Priya film in south Kolkata, which had been wanting to suspend screening from November 6 because of absence of substance rich movies and next to no crowd, will currently screen the 1969 Satyajit Ray exemplary “Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne” for a solitary show each day from November 7, corridor proprietor and head of Priya Entertainments Arijit Dutta told .

“Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne”, a dream film for youngsters with an unobtrusive enemy of war message, had been created by Purnima Pictures, possessed by Dutta’s family.

“Yes, we are not suspending shows. After the news from Maharashtra came, we deliberated among ourselves. The show must go on. But in the present situation, there is no point in running multiple shows,” Dutta said.

The Maharashtra government has permitted theaters to return from Thursday however it may be some more days before crowds can will watch a film on the big screen with lobby proprietors saying they need some an ideal opportunity to prepare things.

Another mainstream film corridor Menoka in south Kolkata will run Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay-Nandita Roy creation “Brahma Janen Gopon Kommoti”, from November 6, switching its previous choice to shut down from Friday till the circumstance was favorable.

“We had a talk among ourselves last afternoon after getting the news from Maharashtra. Running even one show is important to keep the morale high,” Pranab Roy, proprietor of Menoka Cinema Hall, said.

Sourav Bose, one of the proprietors of Basusree Cinema in Kalighat territory of the city, stated, “we had been mulling over suspension of all shows till mid-December as we were getting four-five people in a show or in some cases zero crowd.

“However, after the developments in Maharashtra, we have decided to host one show daily as of now. We will run the Durga Puja release “SOS Kolkata” starring Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty.”

Aside from the repugnance of a part of individuals to watch films in theaters notwithstanding all COVID-19 wellbeing conventions being seen by the specialists, the expanding pattern to have new and old deliveries on OTT stage and moving the gushing from android sets to big screen brilliant TVs is changing the review propensities for public, Bose said.

“To make them realise that there cannot be an alternative to watching some films on big screens, we may need some more time,” he said.

The EIMPA representative stated, 50 percent of about 200 single screens all over state had resumed after October 15- 16, yet were running shows in void houses.