In a view of the rise of the covid-19 cases, the Karnataka government has decided to take the necessary actions to control the situation and announced some stringent guidelines which came into effect yesterday. As per these new guidelines, only 50% of the seating capacity in movie theatres will be allowed, which has certainly come as a big shocker to the owners of movie theatres, producers, and actors.
On April 2nd, Puneeth Rajkumar starrer "Yuvarathnaa" was released and doing very well at the box office across all the theaters of Karnataka. However, with new guidelines for theaters, the viewership of Yuvarathnaa will surely get affected. Yesterday, Puneeth Rajkumar and director Santosh Ananddram, came live on Facebook and urged the state government to withdraw the 50% occupancy rule in theatres.
Puneeth questioned the government as to why the stringent rules are just for movie theatres. "When we see, in election campaign meetings, people everywhere gathering, but we can't see any such rules there, why it is only for us?" the actor asked.
Director Santosh said, "Without giving any hint, or information if such decisions are taken then where should the producers go? We have just released our film and it is really doing well. Now, what will happen to us?" He also made a point that "All the necessary precautions like wear face masks and sanitizing hands will be followed strictly".
Yuvarathnaa did well and earned 10.05 crores gross on its opening day. It simultaneously releases in Telugu and Kannada. Produced by Vijay Kiragandur under the banner of Hombale Films, the movie also stars Sayyeshaa Saigal, Prakash Raj, Sonu Gowda, Avinash, and Dhananjay in key roles.