Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav
Thackeray on Thursday mentioned attempts to malign and “finish off” the Hindi movie trade or “to shift it” is not going to be tolerated.
Thackeray’s assertion got here in opposition to the backdrop of probe by a number of businesses into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s loss of life and its media protection which was seen by some as a deliberate marketing campaign to goal Bollywood.
“Moves to finish off the film industry or shift it elsewhere will never be tolerated,” a press release from the Chief Minister’s Office quoted Thackeray as saying at a gathering with multiplex and theater homeowners.
Mumbai was not solely the nation’s monetary capital but in addition its leisure capital, he mentioned.
“Bollywood enjoys a following across the globe. The film industry generates huge employment. In the last few days, attempts have been made to malign the image of the film industry by certain quarters which is painful,” he mentioned.
The BJP authorities in Uttar Pradesh just lately introduced a plan to create a movie metropolis in that state to woo film-makers.
Thackeray knowledgeable cinema and multiplex homeowners on the assembly that the state tradition division has ready a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) relating to reopening of cinema halls which have been closed for over six months due to coronavirus pandemic.
The choice about reopening cinema halls can be taken on the earliest after the SOP is finalized, he mentioned.
“The government is positive about it. Entertainment industry is a means to boost the state’s economy and the government is keen to restart it,” the chief minister mentioned.
“In a cinema hall, people are in one room for nearly two hours and hence we want to ensure complete cleanliness and sanitization as well as physical distancing. There is a need to ensure that only 50 percent seats are occupied,” he mentioned.
Culture minister Amit Deshmukhsaid a precedence can be given to the protection of film-goers, although reopening of cinema halls will enhance the economic system.
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