For more than a year now, theatres have remained shut and everyone in the film industry is feeling the pinch.
Though theatres were allowed to open in January this year, they had to shut again in March given the second COVID wave. All big-budget pan India films, which have been waiting to hit the screens last year, couldn't even complete the shoot due to the pandemic. This led to the delay in release and caused a huge loss to many producers.
On the other side, the Telugu film industry has been mired under ticket prices controversy. Theatres are all set to open on July 30 and the industry hopes it will be smooth sailing this time around.
Actor Nani has made a bold statement that has blown away the minds of many. Nani, on Tuesday, attended the pre-release event of Satyadev's Thimmarusu.
"Theatres are the only place where you don't have to remove the mask, unlike restaurants. People can watch the film with their masks on because they don't have to talk to each other. But unfortunately, theatres are the first ones to be closed and last ones to be opened," he said.
He said prices of many daily essentials are touching the sky with each passing day. "But the problem is only with film ticket prices. But we in Filmnagar (heroes and directors) will not suffer but millions who are dependent on their livelihood for cinema will suffer. Hopefully, government and all those involved will take this into consideration," he said.
Finally, somebody, openly, spoke about the ticket pricing issue in Andhra Pradesh. It is expected the biggies of the industry will follow the suit.
On the work front, Nani wrapped up the shoot Shyam Singha Roy and has begun shooting for Sundaraniki Thondarekkuva.
Meanwhile, he is waiting for the release of Tuck Jagadish.