A few months back, we saw a back-to-back announcement of release dates from Tollywood. While all other industries are still in a dilemma to release films with 50 percent occupancy, Tollywood saw massive blockbusters like Krack, Master even with 50 percent occupancy. Now, all that fanfare seems to vanish in thin air with films taking a back step and postponing their releases.
Corona Scare Or Fear Of 50 Percent Occupancy?
Krack is the first noted release from Tollywood. Although Mass Maharaja Ravi Teja was not in good form of late, cinephiles thronged to theatres and made it a double blockbuster. Of course, the commercial potline is the winner here. Uppena which released after few weeks collected Rs. 82 Cr gross. However, theatres occupancy got revised to 100 percent by that time. But the panic of the pandemic among the public remained the same when both the films hit the screens.
Now that the cases are spiking, several states including Teluguland are mulling over to reduce the seating capacity to 50 percent once again. And all of a sudden, the biggie and noted films like Love Story, Acharya, Virata Parvam, etc. announced the postponement. But why taking a downshift when the industry witnessed blockbusters and hits even the toughest times?
Lack Of Confidence On The Subject?
This sudden tabling of releases also piqued doubts among the cinephiles whether filmmakers are lacking confidence in their film subjects or just fearing that the audience will not show up in theatres because of the Corona scare. The latter one can be ruled off and the collection rampage of Vakeel Saab proved that the audience will always encourage films that carry a huge hype. If 50 percent occupancy is what filmmakers are fearing, then the blockbuster success of Krack proves them wrong. If they fear a glitch in collections because of the new G. O. of Andhra Pradesh on ticket fare, there should be a way to discuss the plights and seek government support.