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NEW DELHI : Representatives of the country’s top multiplex chains met Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday to take up their demands for the industry, which has seen over a thousand screens shutting amid the covid-19 pandemic. The film business in India is expected to contract by 67% over FY21, according to a recent KPMG report.

The delegation included Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, joint managing director of PVR Ltd; Kamal Gianchandani, chief executive officer, PVR Pictures; and actor and BJP MP Sunny Deol. Cinema owners had met the Union minister for information and broadcasting Prakash Javadekar earlier this week.

“Our primary request was a relaxation in the 50% cap on theatre occupancies which the I&B minister said he will consider but has made no commitment to yet," a senior executive at a multiplex chain said on condition of anonymity. Given that power and electricity charges and entertainment tax rates are all state subjects, multiplex representatives spoke to Sitharaman to request waivers or reduction in the same ahead of Union Budget 2021, which she said the government will consider.

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