For Bandana Tiwari, screenwriter of the series Yeh Risht Kya Kehlata Hai, the biggest shadow on the horizon a few months ago was the Indian Premier League (IPL). As every year, the authors plan to intensify the drama of the Star plus series to prevent the cricket competition from receiving too much attention. It turned out that a different kind of drama will soon unfold, which will spread the IPL, television production and normal life in the country.
Covid-19 put an end to the television and film industry. The studio has been closed since mid-March and no more filming has taken place. The films that would be shown in the cinemas, the largest of which was Gulabo Sitabo Sirkara, instead of premiering on the internet. Television channels had no more new episodes, they were obliged to show repeated episodes, they made way for streaming platforms. The industry is suffering and the decision of the Maharashtra government to allow filming is therefore relieved. After the 15th. In June the filming of the television programmes will resume and the films can follow soon. However, it is clear that there are many questions and concerns.
We had to change the course of history we had proposed for containment, Tiwari said on the phone. She and her co-authors brainstormed over the hem and refuted the plot to represent the new reality. Yeh Rishta nowadays unfolds so that they can place their figures in the world of the crown, embedded in the plot with masks and distance. However, some adjustments had to be made. The scenes are written to avoid the presence of many people in the room. To follow the new guidelines, hieroglyphs had to be prescribed for children and the elderly.
Filming will be another challenge. Tiwari says the actors are likely to keep their distance when filming the scenes. It seemed unrealistic, but when I told Sushanth Singh, the actor and general secretary of the Cintaa Association of Film and Television Broadcasters, he reminded me that Indian television has circumvented all kinds of restrictions in the past. They often take close-ups of the main actors and use duplicates in the contours. It won’t be nice, but it will bring the show back to the screen, which now seems to be the priority.
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Director R. Balki.
Signal in the form of a VSD R. bar for the press release office, with Akshai Kumar. The beams were removed in the last week of May with a team of 20 people (usually about 80). It was fantastic to say, the camera, the action, that on the set, said the director on the phone. It’s weird when you can’t kiss an old friend for five minutes, but you get used to it. The equipment was disinfected, everyone followed the removal and instructions were given not to share water or cigarettes. When they left, they went through a sewer tunnel.
In an advertisement, Akshai Kumar, wearing a mask, explains to the village of Sarpanchu why it is possible to go back to work. When a country’s health workers fight so hard, it is our responsibility to get to work. He goes on to say: Thousands of people contracted the disease and defeated him. And even if you get sick, the government has taken action. During our conversation this message resonates from the diaphragm of the light beam. We need to learn to think practically and move forward. We can’t live in paranoia.
This view is shared by author and director Vikramaditya Motvane, who described the PSA as a dangerous message given the continuing spread of the virus in the country and especially in Maharashtra. He also questioned the Guild of India Producer Guidelines – a 37-page document containing instructions on everything from hiring domestic workers to wearing ankle socks instead of normal socks – and the likelihood of compliance. Health becomes a secondary issue when you’re involved in shootings, he says.
Like many of his colleagues, Mothewane found ways to keep working during the confinement. The shootings for his feature film AK Vs AK, starring Anil Kapoor, were completed before the finale and post-production could continue. Still, it’s a challenge. He can’t be in the same room as his editor, composer, sound engineer, he can’t point out things on the screen and say he has to change them. The same conversations now take place via video calls. Progress is steady but slow, he says. Uncertainty is the hardest thing to deal with. I have a visitor. I have to take care of our people. But I don’t know how long it can take.
Sushanth Singh repeats some of these concerns, but says we have to go back, we have no choice. Not everyone in the sector worked continuously until closure, he notes; perhaps the self-employed did not work for six months. He admits there’s still a lot in the air. The television actor was told that he would have to work an 18-hour schedule with a reduced salary. We talk to the unions, we try to set limits, he says. This is an unprecedented situation for all of us.
While working on AK versus AK and discovering what can be done with the periodical series he is working on with Amazon, Motwane ventures into unknown territory. Sitting in Mumbai, he will make a commercial that will be shot in Bengaluru. In the coming weeks he will listen to the actors remotely, possibly taking a virtual break, in conversation with the cameraman and other video communication managers. I said Anurag (Kashyap), if this is the new standard, you can jump.
One thing’s for sure: Next month Bollywood is watching the television industry with nervous interest. Meanwhile, it is reported that the next Sanjay Lila Bhansali, Gangubai Katiyawadi, with Aliya Bhatt will start shooting towards the end of this month. According to Beams, they expect the film world to adapt quickly to the new circumstances. We have a strange road to normalization in this country.
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