The government of India issued new guidelines for Unlock 4.0 recently with several relaxations being announced. But it holds no respite for theatres. The entertainment industry has been facing huge losses due to the pandemic. Theatre owners and exhibitors are worried and they have posted their concerns on social media. Hashtags like #SupportMovieTheatres and #SaveCinema have been trending on social media and a lot of celebs have come out in support of it. Recently, Aparshakti Khurana, who is in Chandigarh with his family, spoke exclusively to ETimes and expressed his views on the current situation.
He revealed he spent his time watching films on digital platforms but he missed watching them in theatres. He stated that, “I miss watching movies in a theatre a lot. Even though I’ve spent the quarantine time watching many movies on streaming apps but let’s accept it, there’s nothing like watching movies on the big screen.”
After being asked if he is looking forward to stepping into a theatre again, he stated, “I really am but I am also concerned about everyone’s safety and mine. So, I will wait for things to get better and then step out maybe?” The actor also expressed his support for theatre owners and asked them to hang in, better days are coming. He also said, “I just want to say that we know it’s a really tough time right now. The pandemic has affected every industry. However, it’s important that we don’t lose hope, take necessary precautions and hang in there. Better days are ahead,” he said.
Reminiscing about his first experience of watching a film in a theatre, Aparshakti said that his brother Ayushmann Khurrana told him that they watched ‘Tezaab’ together. He said, “Though my memory is hazy, but Ayush bhaiya (Ayushmann Khurrana) always tells me that it was ‘Tezaab’ and that I cried a lot during the movie.”
On the work front, Aparshakti will soon head back to Mumbai to finish the remaining portions of his film ‘Helmet’. He will start shooting from September 7 with necessary precautions.