Hyderabad: Many old theatres in Hyderabad have become history due to a lack of patronage from audiences.
Recently, a popular theatre Amba which was located in Mehdipatnam has been demolished.
The COVID-19 outbreak coupled with Over-the-top (OTT) media service has significantly impacted the entire cinema industry.
While the pandemic had forced the theatres in Hyderabad and other parts of the country to remain shut, OTT proliferation has ensured the availability of quality content at nominal rates.
TOI quoted Narasimha Rao of Film Goers Association saying, “why will people pay the high ticket price to watch a movie when the same is available on OTT which can be watched multiple times at affordable rates”.
Hardly any audiences in theatres in Hyderabad
On Friday, eight movies were released in theatres in Hyderabad. However, there was hardly any audience.
Earlier producers used to be confident that they would get a return of 50-70 percent. As there is no guarantee on audience now, they are finding it difficult to even arrange funds for advertisements
However, film analyst Prabhu said that although the COVID pandemic has played spoilsport for the cinema industry, people would watch the movie if the content is good. “Content is the king”, he added.
The future of theatres in Hyderabad and other parts of the country will be mainly decided by COVID-19 cases and OTT proliferation.
When the CBS Show Returns in 2022
Season 2 of gripping crime-drama The Equalizer is about to embark on a midseason break and fans are already wondering when Episode 8 will make its debut on screens.
Thankfully, CBS has confirmed the exact date, and Robyn McCall (played by Queen Latifah), Detective Marcus Dante (Tory Kittles), Mel (Liza Lapira), and Harry Keshegian (Adam Goldberg) will be back on our screens and the good news is, it is not too far away. Newsweek has all of the details you need to know.
When is The Equalizer Season 2, Episode 8 Out?
The Equalizer Season 2, Episode 8 will premiere on Sunday, January 2 on CBS.
Fans will be able to catch the latest instalment at 9 p.m. ET . The episode will also be available to stream via CBS.com and the CBS app.
The Equalizer is also available to watch via CBS’s streaming platform Paramount+. You can sign up for a seven-day free trial to watch The Equalizer before subscribing to the platform for $5.99 per month.
Alternatively, you can catch the latest episode of The Equalizer via several streaming services including YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and fuboTV.
The remaining episodes in the series will continue to air every Sunday.
At the moment it is hard to predict what will happen in Episode 8 of The Equalizer, as the midseason finale is yet to air.
In the midseason finale, Bishop comes to McCall, Harry, and Mel for help when he crosses paths with a terrorist, who has uncovered the true identity of Bishop’s secret son.
However, there is no doubt that Episode 8 will continue to see Robyn ‘The Equalzier’ McCall help others and get justice for those who need it.
The Equalizer is a reboot of the 1980s action series of the same name, which starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall. The current reboot stars Queen Latifah as the Equalizer, Robyn McCall. Denzel Washington also played the character Robert McCall in the 2014 film adaptation of the 1980 series.
In the latest adaption, Robyn is a divorced mother and former CIA agent who is more than willing to use her incredible skill set to help others, while often risking her own life in the process.
Season 2 was given the green light back in March 2021 but like many shows and films, faced significant delays as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Season 2 made its debut in October 2021, and thankfully, there is not too much longer to wait for Episode 8 to drop.
When Season 2 was given the green light in March 2021, the star of the show Queen Latifah took to Instagram to express her love for the show and her happiness about the show’s future.
In the clip, she said: “You’ve known me by various, various names but this is the one. This is the one, Robyn McCall, The Equalizer. Thanks to you this is a hit. It is a smash hit and I couldn’t have done it without you, the fans.”
Queen Latifah continued: “You cannot miss Season 2, because we are going just as hard in Season 2.”
She captioned the video: “Thank You. Thank you to all the fans watching week after week and our hardworking cast and crew!!!! Let’s go Season 2.”
The Equalizer Season 2, Episode 8 returns Sunday, January 2 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS
Congress demands govt reveal ‘true’ Covid death figures, wants Rs 4 lakh each for victims’ kin
New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday said credible and true figures of COVID-19 deaths in the country should come out and it will strive to get a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of those who died of the viral disease.
As part of the party’s campaign for exerting pressure on the Centre to grant compensation to the victims of the coronavirus, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi put out a video of the families that suffered during the second wave of the pandemic.
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the Congress would raise the issue in both houses of Parliament and seek the grant of a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to all such families from the government.
Gandhi shared a 4.31-minute video on Twitter in which families that lost their dear ones due to Covid in Gujarat alleged that they did not receive any government help at the time.
He also attacked the “Gujarat model”, which the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has projected as the best in the country.
“The stories of the families of those who died due to Covid are true, their pain and suffering are also true. The government statistics are false. True figures will have to be reported and a compensation of Rs 4 lakh will have to be given,” Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi, using the hashtag “4LakhDenaHoga”.
He also said in the video that the Gujarat model is discussed a lot, “but the families whom we talked to said they neither got hospital beds, nor oxygen or ventilator”.
The Gujarat government says officially, only 10,000 people died due to Covid, but the truth is that over three lakh people have died of the viral disease in the state, the former Congress chief claimed.
“We want that the truth about Covid deaths should come out and those whose kin died due to Covid should get adequate compensation,” he said.
Gandhi said the government’s job is to help people. When the government was to offer help to them when they were in hospital, it did not do so and now, when they have spent so much on hospital treatment, it is not even coming forward to offer them compensation, he said.
“What kind of a government is this?” the Congress leader asked.
“We wanted to be with you in your time of need and wanted to assure you that we are with you and there is no need to worry,” Gandhi was heard telling one of the victims in the video.
“Lakhs of people have lost their father, mother, brothers and sisters. They will not come back. But remember that the Congress will use all its might to get them a compensation of Rs 4 lakh,” he said.
Kharge said in both houses of Parliament, the opposition party would seek that the government grants compensation to the families of those who died of Covid.
“We will raise the issue in Parliament and seek the cooperation of all. The poor should get Rs 4 lakh each as they were devastated by Covid and their earning members were lost. They lost their kin and their incomes due to the government’s negligence,” he told PTI.
“According to estimates, at least 50 lakh people have died in the country due to Covid. In Gujarat alone, while official figures say only 10,000 people died, around 3 to 3.5 lakh people have lost their lives,” Kharge said.
Pitching for a re-survey and a correction in the statistics, he said, “The families of the victims should also be compensated.”
Kharge said the government has to rehabilitate such families by paying them a compensation of Rs 4 lakh, a campaign for which has been launched by Gandhi.
The leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha said the surveys conducted by several foreign agencies have pointed to a lower number of deaths being recorded in the country.
Also read: It’s Congress vs Congress again, Manish Tewari clarifies after Adhir criticises unreleased book
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Bihar CM asks health officials to be on guard against new Covid variant
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday asked health officials of the state to remain vigilant in the wake of reports of a new coronavirus variant triggering fear across the world which is still recovering from the devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kumar shared his thoughts on Omicron, the new variant, at a meeting where he reviewed the health department’s functioning.
He called for keeping a close watch on those coming to the state from abroad and quick testing of samples if anybody presented symptoms.
Cases of the new coronavirus variant have been reported mainly from South Africa, besides European countries like the United Kingdom and Belgium.
The chief minister also underscored that the threat of COVID-19, which has caused large-scale devastation in the country, including Bihar, was far from over and stressed on the need for inoculation of citizens.
According to the state health department, more than eight crore people have got the COVID vaccine jabs in Bihar which has a total population of about 13 crore.
The chief minister directed the officials to ensure that those who had got only one shot should be fully vaccinated as soon as they were deemed fit for the second jab.
The meeting was attended, among others, by health minister Mangal Pandey, chief secretary Tripurari Sharan and additional chief secretary (health) Pratyay Amrit.
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