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Multiplex association urges government to reopen cinemas, says jobs are at stake

Requesting to the government to allow theatres to reopen “on an urgent basis”, the Multiplex Association of India on Tuesday said the movie exhibition sector that provides employment to lakhs of people had lost an incurable loss of estimated Rs 9,000 crore in the last six months.

The cinema department, which represents all the multiplex chains, including, PVR, INOX and Cinepolis, told the sector directly employs more than two lakh people and provides employment to lakhs indirectly.

Describing movies as the “soft power of India” and cinemas the main stream entertainment for millions of Indians, the association said close to 10,000 cinema screens across the country had be shut down for six months. The movie exhibition sector has suffered financially and is now staring at job losses unless the government allows theatres to reopen, it said.

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