Let the popcorn flow

theatre-kolkata Cleaning in progress at the famous Basusree cinema hall in Kolkata, where Pather Panchali was shown | Salil Bera

In a film-crazy country like India, the shutting down of theatres was almost as disastrous as the pandemic itself. The OTT platforms tried to fill the gap, but nothing can replace the experience of seeing Tiger Shroff’s deadly dance moves or Rajinikanth’s death-defying stunts—up, close and personal. That is why the cinema halls re-opening on October 15 was met with much hip-hip-hurrahs. Even without any big ticket releases, cinephiles still have a delectable spread to feast on, including the Ishaan Khatter-Ananya Panday starrer, Khaali Peeli, and Kedarnath, which will be re-releasing in memory of Sushant Singh Rajput. Before the action begins on screen, we bring you the action that happened behind the scenes!

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    A worker lounges in the deserted Balaji Saravana theatre in Chennai

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    The popcorn counter at Delhi’s Delite Diamond is ready for business | Arvind Jain

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    A projector being cleaned at the Sri Radhakrishna theatre in Bengaluru | Bhanu Prakash Chandra