Tamil Nadu minister Kadambur Raju: Theatres will open when Covid-19 cases are under control
Tamil Nadu Minister for Information and Publicity, Kadambur Raju, on Tuesday, stated that the government will not open theatres in the state. He further added that they do not have the plans of re-opening the theatres now as it will attract a crowd. Kadambur Raju also stated that the Tamil Nadu government will decide on re-opening the theatres in the state once the Covid-19 crisis is under control.
Addressing the press, Kadambur Raju also spoke about films releasing on the OTT platforms and how it is not a healthy decision for the Tamil film industry and the government as well. He said, "There is no particular law to stop films releasing on OTT platforms. I feel it affects the livelihood of thousands of workers. It will also incur a loss of revenue to the government."
Kadambur Raju's message on the re-opening of theatres has brought some clarity among the producers and actors. It is rumored that more producers will now decide on releasing their films on OTT as theatres will not open anytime soon.
When asked about film shootings, Kadambur Raju said that the government will soon allow actors and producers to resume work.
Last week, Suriya, one of the leading actors in Kollywood, announced that his film, Soorarai Pottru, will skip theatrical release and will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on October 30. Suriya's decision came as a pleasant surprise to his fans.
However, his decision did not go down well with distributors, exhibitors, and theatre owners in the state. On August 24, director Hari wrote a letter to Suriya asking him to reconsider his decision to release his film on an OTT platform.