A story doing the rounds credits Sunny Deol with upturning the Government’s post-Covid policy of allowing only 50 percent of the total seats in movie theatres to be filled. According to these stories, if the Government has decided to allow a full 100 percent theatre attendance it is because of Sunny Deol’s efforts.
However sources close to the Government deny Deol’s dedh kilo ka haath in this matter.
“It was a decision based entirely on the economic reality, also the number of Covid cases have been going down, and the movie business needs help,” the source says.
However the film industry is far from thrilled by this revision in the seating capacity.
“Ek toh pehle hi 50 percent audience nahin aa rahi tthi. Abb jo bhi aa rahi tthi who bhi nahin aayegi bagal wale seat ke darr se(we were not getting 50 percent audience. Now whatever little movie attendance we were getting would be lost in the fear of who’s sitting next to you),” says a leading producer who didn’t want to be quoted.