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The first epidemic, now piracy is eating into the struggling cinema business

Akshay Kumar on November 9 Lakshmi Left on Disney + Hotstar. Just a day later, a video parlor in Madhya Pradesh showed an audience of 70-odd people a horror-c come mady – which is to come on many shows. Business circles have been vague with rumors that pirated versions of the movie are playing in many single-screen theaters and video parlors in small towns in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

The development was highlighted by trade analyst Komal Nahta, who explained that these cinemas typically buy screening rights from distributors. However, when the rich don’t work, they often illegally stockpile screenings of films and pocket the collection. “[Exhibitors] The metros do not dare to do that, but cinema owners in small towns – say, in Madhya Pradesh – are screening the film. I will not name the cinemas, but it has reached a point where people have resorted to piracy to survive, ”he said, adding that the closure of theaters was a shock to audiences across the country.

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Quiz on why movie halls don’t work Sun Pay Mars Heavy It’s an official facial big-screen release, and it says, “You need a superstar to bring back the audience. We should follow what Hollywood practices – the film should be released simultaneously in cinemas and OTT. This is to curb piracy. There is only one way. Now. “

Trade insiders state that these outlets run an average of two shows a day with one-fifth of the tickets on the same screen. Gurmeet Singh Sable, a member of the Single Screen Association India f India, says, “These are not unlicensed cinemas, but small video parlors that show movies on projectors. There are neither chairs nor big screens.” He adds that they eat into the curtain business alone who are struggling to stay afloat. “In Delhi, the owners could not re-open their single screen as the operation cost is high, and there were no films to draw the audience. We wanted to run Lakshmi. But the Multiplex Association of India refused to release the film as it was falling apart. .Online

Mid-day, reached out to Disney + Hotstar, who did not respond until press time. Insiders suggest that the suits on the streaming giant are not taking legal action against the cinemas in question. Producers Kumar, Shabina Khan and Tusshar Kapoor were not available for comment.

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