I am making my 1st blog post in 2021 and this surrounds around a category that I usually don’t talk about—movies. Some of you might know that I am not a great fan of watching movies or listening to songs, but this news shocked me to a sense that I just want to voice out my opinion.
For this Pongal, the Tamil cinema industry released some big names (Master & Eeswaran) in theaters after a long gap since the beginning of the pandemic. I would like to speak about some covid precautions and the trend of the virus in India.
Disclaimer: This blog post is not targeted towards any actor, movie or any politician. I respect all the hard work they put in these films where I am just presenting my personal opinions on these recent events.
How’s The Virus Trend in India?
With expectations to hit the peak in November, India hit its peak for the number of daily cases in mid-september 👇
Except for the state of Maharashtra & Kerala, all states in India are on a decline when it comes to daily cases and this proves that the precautions are working in the country.
Also, India has an astonishing rate of ~96% recovery rate from the virus and this isn’t surprising since 30% of the nation is considered youth.
What Happened To Master Before Pongal?
A few weeks before Pongal, Actor Vijay personally met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Edappadi Palanisamy, to request a theater release for the movie “Master” with 100% occupancy.
I was super shocked by the fact that the actor even thought about a 100% occupancy and was brain dead when the Chief Minister accepted this extreme request.
A jam packed theater with air-conditioning is near suicide…
I understand that India has a firm grip on the virus outbreak, but this was too fast.
Fortunately, the central government intervened and reduced the occupancy to 50% in all theaters.
What’s The Precautions?
According to NDTV, these are the stages of precautions that are currently followed in theaters. I also found a cool video (it’s like only 2 minutes) that showed some precautions before being able to watch a movie 👇👇👇
“The safety protocols are based on five tenets: face masks, zero contact, physical distancing, temperature checks, and relentless sanitisation.” —NDTVStated On Gadgets NDTV
***I am not sure if any of these measures is actually followed in theaters. If there are any viewers from India who are reading this, please share your experience down below in the comments section or correct me if I misstated something!***
What’s The First Place That the Virus Could Strike?
My issue with the theater experience is before entering the theater itself. When there is a big movie releasing with a huge cast, fans tend to gather in large numbers before the start of the movie.
Let’s be honest, we all want to go as early as possible so that we could buy popcorn and settle down at a nice spot.
With the dense population that we have, I don’t see any possible way for people to follow social distancing at all times.
These are some images below of the crowd for the movie “Master” before its release 👇
***If you any of you guys saw “Master” in theaters, please share your experience in the comment section below and I would be glad to know the reality of this situation.***
A Response That Shook Me!
For the most part, the responses I have been hearing are quite positive regarding the opening of theaters after 8ish months of this pandemic. However, this one viral message from a junior resident doctor really hit me 😓
What’s My Point?
Since I am not a huge movie person, I understand that the opening or closing of theaters doesn’t stick to me as much as some of you out there.
That being said, I understand that the cinema industry is struggling as 80% of the people depend on that job.
But, the doctors are handling the situation well, but are super exhausted (as you could see from the tweet above). They don’t wish to put their lives at stake so that we could spend our time following our movie pleasures.
When the vaccine is mass produced in the next few months, there will be enough for everyone and things will slowly come back to normal.
There used to be a time when people would fight for masks and paper towels. Now, they are now much easier to get. This is the same scenario with these vaccines. Time will cure this pandemic.
Let’s all just hold our desires for the next few months so that we could make sure this thing goes away before summer.
Even if you decide to go out, just remember that you are responsible for your own life (so make it your first priority)
If you are seeing this message, thank you so much for making it all the way and don’t forget to like and share any of your movie experiences in the comment section below and I will get back to you ASAP!
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