Bollywood Coronavirus Environment:
“Something Is Better Than Nothing” These are the words that Bollywood has in mind whilst they are making plans to resume work as the idea is taking a strong place in the minds of the global population that the coronavirus pandemic is here to stay and life must go on, with necessary precautions off-course.
Salman Khan’s Radhe, Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chadha, Sanjay Gupta-directed Mumbai Saga, Zafar’s Khaali Peeli, Bunty Aur Babli 2 and Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 had their shooting schedules stuck at various stages due to the coronavirus lockdown that came into effect in March end.
Whether it be TV shows or movies, shooting schedules for both of them have been put on hold on a global scale ever since the coronavirus lockdown came into effect. But now after 2 months, there seems to be a twinkle of hope, after Maharashtra CM: Uddhav Thackeray’s couple of meetings with entertainment industry representatives & producers where he asked them to prepare an action plan on the limited resumption of both film shooting & the post-production activities.
Money is something that is the need for both the rich and the poor. No work means no money and hence no social status. Poor people need it to meet daily needs and rich ones need to maintain their extravagant needs. In other words, everyone is in trouble.
Talking about that when it would be safe to shoot again filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar feels that we,
“Should patiently wait for 2-3 months before thinking of getting back on the sets”. He added, “Even if you shoot with 50-70 people [in total], what if one person gets infected? Then, there are technical issues. How do you shoot scenes without two or more actors being nearby? What if DoP wants to take a close-up shot of an actor? However, the post-production work can surely start while taking all the precautions and minimum staff.”
Talking about the same T-Series CMD cum film producer Bhushan Kumar said,
“There’s no doubt that safety of cast-and-crew will always come first. So, if shootings re-start, of course, there will be loads of challenges but you have to do something and start somewhere as something is better than nothing. Remember we’ve daily wage laborers and others whose livelihoods are at stake.”