April 10 : Major crisis is looming large on Bollywood yet again. With the second coronavirus pandemic threatening the country once again, and with Mumbai been one of the hotspots with massive spike in COVID-19 cases, a major crisis is haunting Bollywood yet again.
Mumbai is witnessing complete lockdown on weekends as well as night curfews. On top of it, owning to the massive spike in COVID-19 cases in the city, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has issued some new guidelines for the film industry particularly strict rules for shootings. Under such a situation, filmmakers are not only putting on hold shootings but are also cancelling the release of their films once again.
In fact, the country-wide surge in coronavirus cases starting showing its impact on the shooting schedules of films, which are getting halted keeping in mind the safety angle of the cast and crew of the projects. Film shooting are getting suspended not only in Mumbai but also across India—be it Inspector Avinash in Rishikesh, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 in Mumbai or Fukrey 3 in Delhi.
Today, it is reported that Ajay Devgn has put on hold the last shoot schedule of his directorial venture MayDay. The film went on floors in December last year. In the schedule that was been shot recently, megastar Amitabh Bachchan shot for the film in Mumbai.
Anees Bazmee’s film Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 starring Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani and Tabu among others, first got halted when Kartik tested COVID positive a few weeks back. Now, after Kartik tested negative and was ready to resume shoot, work has been suspended yet again. Filmmakers are facing uncertain situations and waiting for the producers to give the green signals for the shootings.
Recently, Ram Setu’s shooting was suspended after its lead actor Akshay Kumar tested positive. Bachchan Pandey shoot has also been put on hold. Meanwhile, Pankaj Tripathi, Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal were supposed to shoot for Fukrey 3 in Delhi, but the shooting of the film has been suspended indefinitely. The team of filmmaker Imtiaz Ali’s production Maazi, starring Gajraj Rao, is also returning to Mumbai from Ujjain after shooting was halted. The FWICE guidelines also say that crowd sequence, songs or dances with large number of people have to be avoided.
Filmmakers have also started postponing the recently announced release dates of their ventures. Today, Kangana Ranaut starrer Thalaivi team has announced that they have decided to postpone the release of the film owning to an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. The film was slated to release on April 23. Earlier, Rohit Shetty had announced that his much awaited film Sooryavanshi, starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, was postponed. The film was supposed to be released on April 30.
However, not all shoots are coming to a complete stop. Zoya Akhtar’s team is still shooting for the second season of Made in Heaven in Delhi, which includes Arjun Mathur and Sobhita Dhulipala. The shooting of the web series Hush Hush is still going on in Delhi. Shooting for Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham’s Pathan is also underway in Mumbai.
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