49 films from Malayalam waiting for the 2020 release
Reported By 05 May 2020
Whilst the post-production permit from the Kerala Government for Covid-19 green areas offers temporary relief, General Secretary Anto Joseph of the Kerala Film Producers Association (KFPA) says the major problem facing the industry is the confusion regarding the release of films.
"We've got 49 films filmed and ready to print, so it takes you four months at least. Hypothesizingly, in August theaters will be opened, only smaller movies are then released, so big movies would wait longer before international markets like the Middle East open, "he said, adding any films that go on floors would only come out of the pending movies that enter theatresAs far as Malayalam's films with an entry into streaming or direct TV launches are concerned, Anto Joseph says, "You will censor films for this and only Marakkar is currently censoring: Arabikadalinte Simham and Kilometers.
There are still problems, however, and these issues can only be solved when we know for sure that the theaters continue to function.With respect to the losses incurred by cinema during the time span, Suresh Kumar, the KFPA director, says: "In Kerala we have 625 theatres, while every theater sells 100 tickets for at least five shows together, we get 62 500 tickets. Even if each ticket will cost an average of Rs 100, that's a Rs 62.5 lakh daily loss since the theaters are shut down.