PATNA: A few of Bollywood’s iconic dance scenes might quickly grow to be historical past as India’s new pointers for the coronavirus-shuttered movie trade permit it to reopen below circumstances that will utterly reshape film manufacturing.
The movie and tv industries have been placed on maintain in late March when a nationwide lockdown was imposed within the wake of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic. Final week, India’s broadcasting ministry introduced that each may resume, however with obligatory well being protocols in place.
Celebrity Saif Ali Khan mentioned he was “dreading” the return to taking pictures as he prepares for “Bunty Aur Babli 2” with co-star Rani Mukherjee. One scene was deliberate to function scores of refrain dancers, however the brand new pointers impose strict crowd administration on movie units.
“I’m not certain a refrain dance quantity is protected anymore,” Khan informed Arab Information.
In line with his producer, Aditya Chopra, the variety of dancers showing within the scene shall be severely diminished. Many filmmakers, together with Anees Bazmee, the director of blockbusters “No Entry” and “Welcome,” really feel that eliminating the refrain presence from dance numbers will solely work quick time period.
“The place will these wage earners go if they’re eradicated? The federal government’s pointers are solely a short-term answer,” he mentioned, however added that for now, the precautions is likely to be the one possibility.
In accordance with the rules, face masks are necessary for solid and crew apart from the actors in entrance of the digital camera. Using props on movie units is restricted whereas sharing wigs or make-up kits by actors is forbidden.
Producer-actress Pooja Bhatt expressed doubts over the workability of the brand new guidelines.
“We just lately adopted these pointers, and extra precautions, for our final day of the taking pictures of ‘Sadak 2’. However then we had minimal crew. I’m not certain all filmmakers and productions in Bollywood have the self-discipline to work in that vogue,” she mentioned.
Bhatt defined the issue lies in movie crews being too massive for his or her objective, with every star touring to taking pictures areas with quite a few “hangers-on” and a number of other folks doing the job of 1 individual on the set. “The entourage mindset is the very first thing that has to go,” she mentioned. “There isn’t any security proper now.”
Author-director Manish Gupta, well-known for “Rahasya,” and “Stoneman Murders,” had related doubts in regards to the feasibility of the rules.
“These are very effectively thought-out and complete pointers. The actual problem would be the implementation,” he mentioned. “Whether or not a unit of 150 or extra folks will truly observe every guideline so strictly? Or will complacency creep in?”
Others, nevertheless, are extra optimistic as they will lastly return to work.