Malayalam film industry has been hit hard by the recent torrential rains that ravaged the State with many theatres being inundated and some damaged.

Recently, a meeting was held by Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) where many film producers, distributors and theatre owners came together and decided to re-schedule release dates of at least 10 Mollywood films that were slated to hit the screens on Onam.

The industry suffered a 'huge loss' due to heavy rain and floods that hit the State, office-bearers said. Many theatres were completely damaged in the floods. Considerable amount was required to be spent for getting some theatres repaired and ready, they said.

“Overall, Rs 30 crore loss has been reported with theatres alone,” KFCC's general secretary VC George said.

Most of the theatres in the State, especially in the affected areas of Ernakulam, Thrissur, Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts, have been shut due to the floods. Some theatres like actor Dileep’s D-Cinemas in Chalakudy were partially flooded.

Kerala government has also decided to cancel the traditional State-sponsored Onam festival, which heralds the tourist season in God’s own country.  Pinarayi Vijayan said, “It would be grossly inappropriate on our part to indulge in celebrations when thousands of our fellow beings are suffering and we are seeking support from everyone to provide succour to those who have sustained heavy losses.”

(With agency inputs)