Puneeth Rajkumar’s reaction on 50% occupancy  |  Photo Credit: Twitter
- In view of rising covid cases in the state, Govt. has implemented rule of 50% occupancy in cinemas
- This rule by the Govt has become a shocker to theater owners, producers and actors
- Puneeth Rajkumar expressing his concern has requested Govt. to withdraw the rule
With the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Karnataka state government has decided to take the necessary actions to control the situation. In view of this, the government has issued stringent guidelines which came into force yesterday.
As per these guidelines, only 50% of occupancy in movie theatres will be allowed, which has certainly come as a big shocker to the owners of movie theatres, producers and actors. In the coming days, a lot of Kannada films are getting released and this 50% rule will surely impact viewership.
Puneet’s Yuvarathnaa had released across all the theatres of Karnataka much recently. However, now the government imposed rules have come in the film way and Puneeth has reacted to it.
Yesterday, Puneeth Rajkumar and director Santosh Ananddram, came live on Facebook and urged the government to withdraw the 50% occupancy of the seats rule in theatres and instead give them 100% full occupancy.
Puneeth questioned the government as to why the stringent rules are just for movie theatres. “When we see, in election campaign meetings, people everywhere gathering, but we can’t see any such rules there, why it is only for us?” the actor asked. He went onto say that it was not an appropriate decision.
Director Santosh said, “Without giving any hint, or information if such decisions are taken then where should the producers go? We have just released our film and it is really doing well. Now, what will happen to us?” He also made a point that “All the necessary precautions like wear face masks and sanitizing hands will be followed strictly” and what he wants is just removal of the 50% seat rule in theatres.
Meanwhile, Kannada film industry’s Kichcha Sudeep has expressed his concern over the rule and the Yuvarathnaa film. On his Twitter handle, he has tweeted, “Goin bk to 50% theatrical occupancy is surely a shocker to a film tats jus released. Respecting the govts decision too is our duty, keeping in mind its for a reason. I wsh team #Yuvaratna the best of strength to over come this situation and come out victorious”.
This rule by the government has been implemented in 8 districts of Karnataka where cases were reportedly rising. The districts include Bengaluru, Bengaluru rural, Kalaburagi, Bidar, Dakshina Kannada, Mysore, Udupi and Dharwad.