While the Multiplex Association of India (MAI) is confident that movie theaters across India would be allowed to re-open in August, 2020 with rules and restrictions in place for Coronavirus COVID-19, states like Tamil Nadu where the film industry is yet to resume its functions remain uncertain of the move.
However citing that the state's movie theater sector has already faced around Rs. 1400 Cr. in loss, several representatives from the Tamil film industry met with Kadambur Raju, the Minister of Information and Publicity to submit their suggestions for re-opening theaters.
Kollywood has asked the government to exempt 8% local body entertainment tax to reduce movie ticket prices, permission to convert single theaters into mini-plexes and multiplexe and cancel 'operator license' as the film industry has become digital. It remains to be seen how many of these requests will be considered by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami.