KARACHI: Hopefully, the federal government’s decision to reopen cinemas will hold us in good stead.
Ever since the word ‘lockdown’ entered our everyday lives, both the government and the intelligentsia of this country have been trying to come up with ideas in order to strike the right balance between health and the economy. Oscillating between the two is understandable.
But there’s a common factor in these two extremely important subjects: mental health. A stifling economy can put society under all kinds of pressures. The entertainment industry in particular and the world of art in general help people take their minds off their rigorous daily routines as well as get a sense of what life is, or can be, about.
Last month, the British government injected 1.57 billion pounds into its economic system to save the performing arts industry (theatre, to be specific) because it was feared that by December, 70 per cent of theatres in England would have gone out of cash. They have…