In what has become an exciting piece of news to the ardent fans of actor Vijay, the Tamil Nadu government has on Monday poured a major relief to the fans after nodding for the demand from the actor as it has passed the order of permitting the fullest occupancy in the theaters and cinema halls and the order has come ten days ahead of the release of Vijay's much-anticipated movie 'Master'.
The order has also come ten days ahead of the Pongal festival and while it has relished the fans of Vijay, it also had rejoiced the fans of Silambarasan as his movie 'Easwaran' is also going to release during Pongal, displaying a possible direct and typical clash of movies that is familiar in the state during the festive times. Along with the actors, the Theater Owners Association had also demanded the government to permit 100% seating capacity.
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Tamil Nadu government had permitted only 50% seating capacity in the theaters when these establishments were poured with a gradual resumption from the lockdown. The theaters were resumed in November only to screen some already released movies. However, as the Pongal holidays are days away, the government was surfaced with the demand for letting theater go for its full seating capacity.
Following the demand, the government has now passed the order of permitting 100% seating capacity. In its order, the government said, "Based on the decrease in the COVID-19 cases day by day, the Theater Owners' Association have represented to Government to increase the seating capacity of Cinemas/theaters/multiplexes".
"Now, therefore the Government hereby permit to increase the seating capacity of cinemas/theaters/multiplexes from existing 50% to 100% by following the Standard Operating Procedure issued already. Further, in order to create awareness among the spectators, the precautionary measures for COVID-19 shall also be screened during the show time", the government has added in its order.
With the order, the theaters can now accommodate the audiences to their fullest seating capacity, and when the order had relished the fans as they are eagerly waiting to celebrate the holidays, the order would also pour significant relaxation to the theaters to their potential revival on the grounds of revenue from the lockdown and restrictions. As the theaters are waiting for full-fledged resumption, the state would see the release of two movies of the big stars - Vijay's 'Master' and Simbu's 'Easwaran'.
While both the movies are slated for release on January 13 and 14 respectively, Vijay had recently met with Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and requested him to permit 100% seating capacity in the theaters ahead of the movie release and along with Vijay, actor Simbu had also requested the government to allow the fullest occupancy in the theaters. Following the demand from the actor and from the Theater Owners' Association, the government has now permitted 100% of the seating capacity.
Vijay's 'Master' is the actor's much-anticipated movie and it was supposed to get released in April 2020. However, the movie release has got deferred owing to the COVID-19 lockdown. 'Master' was produced by Xavier Britto under the banner of 'XB Film Creators' and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. While Vijay plays a lead role, Malavika Mohanan plays as a female lead and Vijay Sethupathi, Andrea Jeremiah, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, and Gauri Kishan have been playing in the important roles and Anirudh has composed music.
The movie will be released simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi. Vijay will be playing as a college professor while Vijay Sethupathi will be playing a negative role. The songs and the teaser of the movie have got wider and significant reception across and beyond the borders, which had shown how the fans are eagerly waiting for the release. On the other hand, Simbu's 'Easwaran' is directed by Suseenthiran while Thaman has composed the music and Nidhhi Agarwal and Bharathiraja have been roped in the important roles.