Inox and PVR Cinemas had shut down operations in Chennai earlier this month. This decision was taken as a mark of protest against Tamil Nadu government’s decision to impose double taxation on films.
In a press release earlier this month, the MAI called the move “grossly punitive” and “unfair” and declared that all multiplexes operating within the jurisdiction of the Chennai Corporation will go on strike. While PVR and Inox complied with the strike, operators like Sathyam and Jazz Cinemas chose not to take part. Now, both the chains have opened for business again.
A spokesperson for Inox said that discussions with the government were ongoing, and that nothing concrete had been decided yet. Meanwhile, the decision to open theatres once again was made at a high-level meeting recently.
Bookings for films like Mersal, Secret Superstar, Blade Runner 2049 were opened yesterday.