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The Dangers Behind Master’s Theatrical Experience

Hello Everyone!

I am making my 1st blog post in 2021 and this surrounds around a category that I usually don’t talk aboutโ€”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 ๐Ÿ‘‡

Photo Courtesy of Google’s Coronavirus Statistics

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 ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

“The safety protocols are based on five tenets: face masks, zero contact, physical distancing, temperature checks, and relentless sanitisation.” โ€”NDTV

Stated On Gadgets NDTV
A Quick Video of some Precautions taken in Theaters

***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 ๐Ÿ‘‡

***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 ๐Ÿ˜“

Photo Courtesy of INSIDENE

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!

Peace Out!!!

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16 Replies to “The Dangers Behind Master’s Theatrical Experience”

  1. Very insightful post into how other nation’s are handling the pandemic. I think in the UK at certain points cinemas were allowed to reopen but due to operating costs outweighing the money they’d make, many chose to stay closed.

    Not much of a movie fanatic myself so excuse me if this isn’t the brightest question…but why didn’t they choose to release the movie on a virtual platform where you had to pay to see it? (I suppose fears of pirating the movie?)

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    1. Thanks for the comment! I didn’t know that they opened theaters in the UK for a period of time. I was born in Chennai and live in Los Angeles (so don’t pay much attention to many other countries ๐Ÿ˜“)

      Good Question ๐Ÿ˜›

      The OTT platform, which is the virtual platform, is where most movies have been releasing for the past 8 months. Big Tamil movies like Soorari Pottru, Bhoomi, and Mookuthi Amman have been released in either Hotstar or Amazon Prime.

      The problem with Master is that it’s a Vijay Movie with a huge budget. They won’t be able to turn over the money if they release it online and it would face a huge loss. Also, another issue is that the Kollywood industry is seriously struggling since most workers are just common people. Releasing a movie like this in theaters for Pongal would give other directors more confidence to release more movies in theaters which might revive the industry soon.

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      1. Ooooh la la, your indepth response is much appreciated!

        Well I didn’t know that either haha, I had to do a quick google search and that’s the response the articles gave me.

        Ah I see, the operating costs wouldn’t be surpassed unless released in theatre…that is a shame…but hopefully after this whole pandemic clears up, and things get safer, everything can get revived and everyone who works in the industry remains looked after

        It seems a tough thing…needing the theatres to revive the industry but then maintaining safety…and jobs…I’m not too sure what if any schemes are in place to protect the income of such affected industries abroad?

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      2. I mean, if u think about it, u r risking the lives of people in order to save the people in the cinema industry. I guess it’s like a sacrifice ๐Ÿ˜ข

        But let’s just hope that things get better over time so that everyone is in a better position.

        My friend showed me some articles about how theaters are taking such great precautionary measures, but is it really worth it though? ๐Ÿค”

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      3. Mhm it’s almost like figuring out what the greater evil is…Over in the UK we have a furlough scheme set up to try support most people being unemployed/told not to work during the pandemic.

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      4. I see. Here in the US, stimulus checks are being given over a period of time to people so that they can hang in there. Unemployment rates have significantly gone down since April so that’s a positive thing.

        As far as I know, I am not sure if the people in India are being supported by the government. I think it’s just people helping other people out for the time being.

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  2. I think this is something that a lot more people need to read and realize today. I had the chance to go for a night show recently. I visited AGS Cinema, T Nagar for the 10:45 PM show. I chose the timing on a weekday in the hopes of a small crowd. The theatre was definitely only packed at half capacity. And because it was the night show, the kiosk near the theatre was closed, giving me a breather from stagnant crowds. However, once the film started, people who came together definitely migrated and sat together, not really caring for the social distancing norms. Thankfully, no one sat next to me or my group. While I think theatres might have figured out a way to screen films safely, we need a lot more proper policing!

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    1. WOW!!! Thank You so much for sharing your personal experience ๐Ÿ˜Š

      From what I understand, it seems that there are some rules in place, but that many people just don’t seem to follow them once they enter the theaters ๐Ÿค”

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      1. It was just a simple gesture ๐Ÿ™‚

        A blogger to another blogger!!!

        It was really nice to speak with u and know more about u. Now that I think about it, I think I have seen ur blog before but I would like to see more posts from u in the future ๐Ÿคฉ

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