New Delhi: Bollywood actor and Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha has hailed Union Budget 2021 presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday. Calling it a smart one, the actor said that the budget covers all the sectors. However, he also expressed his disappointment over Centre's ignorance towards Bollywood as no measures of development for the entertainment industries were announced.
In an interview with PinkVilla, the actor said that film industry was one of the most affected sectors by the pandemic, but the government did not bother about it even as the Centre has now allowed 100 per cent occupancy in the theatres.
He told Pinkvilla, "Film industry thap padi thi (The film industry had been shut down). But they have not bothered about them. The Centre has allowed theatres 100% occupancy but there is already a clash with the state that will decide on the occupancy, and just in case they allow only 50%, and God forbid if cases rise, then it will be like nahayenge kya aur nichodenge kya (we'll neither be here nor there).
The Centre has allowed film theatres to operate with 100 per cent capacity from Monday while adhering to new Standard Operating Procedures(SOPs) to be followed in the light of covid-19 pandemic.
The decision came after much anticipation as theatres have been operating with just 50 per cent capacity for months now even as other economic activities resumed. The development has brought relief to theatre operators as well as filmmakers who await big releases. While Salman Khan has announced an Eid 2021 timeline for his most-anticipated film Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, Akshay starrer Sooryavanshi is also looking forward to release in theatres soon.