Covid-19 negative report mandatory to enter malls in Mumbai. Image Source: IANS News

March 20 : After 2020 proved to be the worst year for Bollywood, the film industry was overwhelmed when movies started releasing in theatres that were permitted to have full capacity. But it seems that the bad days for the film industry is still not over as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken a harsh decision. BMC on Friday made the Covid-19 test report (RT-PCR) mandatory for people entering shopping malls in the city. 

Reportedly, the new rules will come into effect from March 22, Monday. People who will are not carrying a Covid-19 negative report will be tested for rapid antigen at the entrance of the mall. This restriction has been imposed after a day when Mumbai recorded the highest-ever single day spike with 2,877 fresh cases on Thursday. With 17,153 active cases, Mumbai has now become the third city in the country to have the highest number of active cases.

This harsh decision will immediately have a direct impact on the multiplexes located inside the malls. It will also have an impact on the business of Bollywood. Reportedly, a rapid antigen test costs Rs 250 and not many will be eager to spend that amount over and above the expensive movie tickets to watch a film in the multiplexes. This will immediately have an effect on the number of audiences in a movie hall—it is likely to drastically get cut down. It is also not certain how much time one needs to queue up outside a mall to get the test done, even if the test becomes free for all. So the big question is why would a moviegoer take so much trouble just to watch a film?

As it is Bollywood business has touched almost rock-bottom, this restriction will only worsen the situation. So many filmmakers have recently announced the release dates of their upcoming films after the Central government announced theatres to run with full capacity. Now, it is a question mark if these movie makers will postpone the release dates of their forthcoming films. They will all now rework on their release dates.

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