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Currency switch: Cash-strapped Delhi postpones events, weddings, films

Delhi’s parties and events have taken a major blow following the government’s recent decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000.

more lifestyle Updated: Nov 12, 2016 07:50 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Party planners are left confused after clients don’t have any money to pay.(Shutterstock)

After the government demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, the party and event scene in Delhi has also taken a major blow. “People have postponed parties since they don’t have money to pay us right now. Those who haven’t, want to pay after 10-15 days,” says party organiser Salil Chaudhary. Another party planner, Jasleen Kaur adds, “My clients are saying that they don’t have cash and since they can’t cancel the event, they are reducing the budget.”

Artist Illoosh Judge Ahluwalia, whose art exhibition was scheduled for this week has postponed her event. “We were prepared but I got almost 30 calls saying people don’t have money to pay for the cab. I know that the situation is indeed difficult, so I decided to postpone it,” she says.

Artist Illoosh Ahluwalia postponed her event.

The wedding scene has also been hit majorly. “One of my friends had to cancel her engagement ceremony that was to be held on Thursday as her parents feared that people would give Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes,” says Monisha Kaur, a Delhi-based homemaker.

A cashier counts 500 and 1000 Indian rupee banknotes inside a bank. (REUTERS)

Bollywood, too, has been affected. After the release of Rajniesh Duggall-starrer Saansein was pushed from November 11 to November 25, Rock On 2 producer Ritesh Sidhwani says that he, too, had contemplated postponing the release, but decided against it. “Our overseas delivery was already done, the movie has opened today in Gulf so if we had shifted the India release piracy would have killed us,” says Sidhwani. About the change in the release date of Saansein, Duggall says, “We are lucky the distributors and producers are supporting us.”

First Published: Nov 12, 2016 07:50 IST