Won’t tolerate attempts to ‘finish off’ Bollywood: Uddhav Thackeray

Won’t tolerate attempts to ‘finish off’ Bollywood: Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said attempts to malign and “finish off” the Hindi film industry or “to shift it” won’t be tolerated.

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Thackeray’s statement against the backdrop of probe by multiple agencies into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and its media coverage which was seen by some as a deliberate campaign to focus on Bollywood.

“Moves to finish off the film industry or shift it elsewhere will never be tolerated,” a handout from the Chief Minister’s Office quoted Thackeray as saying at a gathering with multiplex and theater owners.

Mumbai wasn’t only the country’s financial capital but also its entertainment capital, he said.

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“Bollywood enjoys a following across the world. The movie industry generates huge employment. within the previous few days, attempts are made to malign the image of the film industry by certain quarters which is painful,” he said.

The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh recently announced a thought to form a movie city therein state to woo film-makers.

Thackeray informed cinema and multiplex owners at the meeting that the state culture department has prepared a typical procedure (SOP) regarding reopening of cinema halls which are closed for over six months thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The decision about reopening cinema halls are getting to be taken at the earliest after the SOP is finalized, he said.

“The government is positive about it. show business may be a means to spice up the state’s economy and therefore the government is keen to restart it,” the chief minister said.

“In a cinema hall, people are in one room for nearly two hours and hence we might wish to confirm complete cleanliness and sanitization also as physical distancing. there’s a requirement to form sure that only 50 percent seats are occupied,” he said.

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Culture minister Amit Deshmukhsaid a priority is getting to tend to the safety of film-goers, though reopening of cinema halls will boost the economy.

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