Theatres reopen in Kerala, Tamil Nadu after nine months on Pongal
After nine months of being closed, theatres are set to open in Kerala and Tamil Nadu from today.
The halls were closed in view of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the previous year.
Fans have already started to flock to the theatres as the Vijay starrer Master becomes the first blockbuster movie to theatrically release post-pandemic.
Several theatres were reported house full even with the 50 percent occupancy rule in place to ensure COVID norms are followed.
Fans of the actor gathered outside cinema theatres in Koyambedu, Chennai.
The film is releasing on Pongal which is celebrated with pomp and show in the Southern part of the country.
Vijay has a huge fan following in the state and the producers expect that the film will be a huge success.
Master was originally scheduled to release on April 9, 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic.
However, the producers of the movie were adamant about a theatrical release and waited nine months for the same.
The Tamil Nadu govt recently rolled back its decision to allow 100percent occupancies at movie theatres and set the occupancy limit at 50 percent.
Long queues of people were seen outside a film theatre in Madurai earlier today.
Kerala has also followed the same pattern with theatres adhering to the 50 percent occupancy rule.
Sanitisation drive was conducted in theatres in Kochi before people started arriving.