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Dear MEL Topic Readers,
The coronavirus is crushing India’s Bollywood, the world’s most prolific film industry
Bollywood is the Indian Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai, which used to be called Bombay. Having been releasing nearly 2,000 movies annually, Bollywood makes India the world’s largest film producing country. Last year, India’s box office revenues reached $1.4 billion, most of which were generated by Indian films. It surely is a big industry that employs a large number of employees and wage workers and also provides revenues to movie theaters.
However, cinemas have been shut down since March 25 due to the coronavirus lockdown. They are expected to reopen on May 17 when the nationwide lockdown expires but under strict social distancing rules. There will be a vacant seat between each audience, meaning theaters can fill only half of the seating capacity and generate 50% less revenue. Also, as movie productions have been on hold, those who work by daily wage have lost their income for some time. No one knows how long the aftermath of the pandemic will last, Bollywood is now facing a life-changing crisis.
Read the article and watch the video to learn about this catastrophic damage to India’s film industry.