In a recent development, Home Secretary P. Amudha has reaffirmed the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to maintain the original schedule for the highly anticipated actor Vijay starrer, ‘Leo.’ This decision comes after careful consideration and consultation with key stakeholders, including the Tamil Nadu Theatre and Multiplex Owners Association, the Commissioner of Revenue Administration, and the Director General of Police.
The Madras High Court had directed the government to consider permitting ‘Leo’ shows to start at 7 a.m., but the government has chosen to stick with its initial plan. The film will continue to be screened with all five shows scheduled between 9 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. from October 19 to 24.
Home Secretary P. Amudha communicated the government’s decision to Seven Screen Studios, taking into account the feedback provided by various stakeholders. The Theatre Owners Association assured that they had made necessary arrangements to conduct the regular four shows and an additional fifth show, which was specially permitted by the State government for ‘Leo.’ These shows will be held within the specified time frame of 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. the following day.
The Commissioner of Revenue Administration expressed concerns about potential overcrowding and traffic congestion if the shows were allowed to begin before 9 a.m. Director General of Police, Shankar Jiwal, shared the same apprehensions. He stressed that starting shows at 7 a.m. would require police presence from 5 a.m. onward due to the expected large crowds at the theaters. Additionally, he feared that traffic congestion might disrupt the daily routines of schoolchildren and office-goers, given that most theaters are situated on arterial roads.
Considering all these inputs, Home Secretary P. Amudha concluded that it was in the best interest of public safety and security to maintain the original schedule, allowing all five shows to run between 9 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. the following day. This decision ensures a safer and smoother experience for moviegoers and the general public.