Free tickets for Olympians, vaccinated staff and opportunity to book auditorium for private screenings of favourite content will be on offer when city multiplexes reopen this Thursday. A 2021 American superhero film based on the DC Comics team ‘Suicide Squad’ will be the first English film that Kolkata’s movie-goers will get to watch when multiplexes reopen after a gap of over three months.
INOX at Quest, Swabhumi, City Centre 1, Metro, Liluah and Madhyamgram will reopen on August 5 with this James Gunn film that is a wacky take on the DC Comics story. Carnival Salt Lake will reopen on August 13 with ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’. PVR Cinemas is renegotiating with malls and will reopen as soon as that is done.
Various plans have been undertaken to woo viewers back to the theatres. INOX has announced free movie tickets to all Indian Olympians for a year. “The medalists will be entitled to a free movie experience for their lifetime. The announcement is an extension of INOX group’s association with the Indian Olympic Association as the official sponsor of the Indian Olympic team,” said Amitava Guha Thakurta, regional director at INOX (East). Patrons can reserve an entire auditorium for a private show and choose content from either the current play list or an old blockbuster. In the current playlist, INOX will be screening ‘Mortal Kombat’ along with ‘The Suicide Squad’ from Thursday. The former has already been released nationally on July 30 in other states.
Kushagra Jalan, who is distributing both these films on behalf of Warner Bros in Bengal, told TOI that quite a few Hollywood movies are lined up for August release. “On August 13, we will release ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’. The number of shows will depend on the number of screens that multiplexes decide to open. As far as NBC Universal and Warner Bros are concerned, there are at least one film up for release for the next five weeks,” Jalan said.
Among them, significant Hollywood films are Vin Diesel’s ‘Fast & Furious 9 – The Fast Saga’, Bob Odenkirk’s ‘Nobody’ and M Night Shyamalan’s ‘Old’. “There are talks about ‘The Croods: A New Age’ and ‘Mukhosh’ releasing on August 13. Akshay Kumar’s ‘Bell Bottom’ will release on August 19,” said Sujit Kumar Bhukta, general manager (east) of Carnival Cinemas. Disney’s ‘Black Widow’ starring Scarlett Johansson is also awaited.
According to Ujjal Biswas, senior executive, programming, PVR Cinemas, negotiations with various malls are on. “All are staffers have been vaccinated. We will reopen as soon as we renegotiate with the various malls. PVR Uniworld in Rajarhat might be the first to open. That will be followed by our properties in Jessore, Mani Square and Howrah,” Biswas said.