FEUOK president Vijayakumar said he would request the government to open the theaters before Onam. He emphasized that the film industry will not survive on OTT releases. He added that there will be objections if a movie goes to OTT even after theatres reopen.
“Thousands of families are starving. The trend of movies going to OTT is temporary. Everyone wants to see a movie in the theater. In the current situation, the filmmakers are forced to go too OTT. There is nothing to blame for the movies going to OTT in this situation. Instead, it would be opposed if movies go on to release in OTT after theaters open;” FEUOK president Vijayakumar said.
He was speaking at a press conference in Kochi after a meeting of the theater owners’ executive committee. Preparations for opening the theaters were discussed at the meeting. The FEUOK meeting came as the government was considering reopening theaters accommodating 50 percent capacity.
Earlier, the theatres had to close due to the second wave of Covid 19. There were speculations on the release of Malayalam films on OTT platforms. Theatre owners opposed OTT releases initially. Later they came to terms with it as there was no other option than to release films on OTT platforms.