Team Krishna Talkies decide to pull their film from theatres on April 22
Producer Govindraju AH Aluru and team have taken this decision owing to the rise of Covid-19 cases in Bengaluru and across Karnataka
The makers of Krishna Talkies, starring Ajay Rao and Apurva, which hit screens on April 16, have decided to pull the film from theatres on April 22, just four days after its release.
"This decision was taken by producer Govindraju AH Aluru, and the entire team, owing to the sharp increase in Covid cases," says director Vijay Anand.
"Despite the film getting positive response from audience and critics, people have no interest in coming to theatres now. Secondly, the decision taken by the government regarding malls, theatres or restaurants, will further restrict people. We can't expect theatre owners to run the show with empty seats. Moreover, we felt that we should not subject the public to a health risk, which is most important. So, we decided to pull our film from the theatres," the director explains.
With the situation getting worse, a question does arise about why they released the film in the first place. Vijay Anand says, "The decision to release our film was taken a month ago, at a time when the situation was just coming back to normal. With corona back on the rise again, we were constrained to releasing the film with 50 per cent occupancy in theatres, which we were okay with. Closer to the release date, especially from April 13, the cases peaked again. By that time, however, we had already tied up with various theatres. We didn't have any option but to release. Now, when we don't have the audience to watch, there is no use in keeping it running."
The director adds that they will plan for a re-release when normalcy returns.
Krishna Talkies also stars Sindhu Loknath, Chikkanna, Yash Shetty, Shobharaj, Mandya Ramesh, and Pramod Shetty. With music by Sridhar V Sambraham, Krishna Talkies has cinematography by Abhishek G Kasargod.