After two months of lockdown due to Coronavirus outbreak, shoots of films and television shows will resume in the next 2-3 weeks. With the Maharashtra Government issuing a 16-page directive containing guidelines to be followed on the sets, filmmakers are gearing up to complete pending work. Amongst several films, work on Abhishek Bachchan's The Big Bull, Amitabh Bachchan's Jhund, Ajay Devgn's Bhuj: The Pride Of India and John Abraham's Mumbai Saga was stalled for two months. Now, with the relaxation, the team of The Big Bull is planning to resume shooting in July. Considering the precautions that need to be taken, producer Anand Pandit said that they are looking for a location where the cast can stay till the shoot is completed. He told that all outstation schedules are done and the portions left can be shot within the state boundaries.
"We are looking at July because a lot needs to be worked out. All precautions and arrangements need to be in place, as well as dates of the actors. There is no outstation shoot pending, so we didn't have to cancel any outstation shoots. We have to finish the last bits that we were planning to do within the state " Anand Pandit, one of the producers of the film. Apart from making an effort to stick to the government protocol, we will also have sanitisation tunnels at all our locations. We are also considering a location where the entire crew is stationed during the shoot rather than them going back home every day," Anand told a media agency.
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On the other hand, Bhushan Kumar, the producer of Bhuj: The Pride Of India, Jhund and Mumbai Saga, told that the shoot of the films will resume immediately but only after the safety of the crew is assured. "We are grateful to our government and authorities to let us start film shoots. My co-producers and I are working intensively to create plans and safety precautions to make shooting easy and safe. Safety comes first. We are planning on starting the shoot of those films which need patch work or limited days of shooting right now. But we will go to shoot only once we are satisfied and completely sure of the shoot location and if the environment is completely safe for the cast and crew to work in," Bhushan told during an interview with an entertainment portal.
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Post the lockdown, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gangubai Kathiawadi will be the first Bollywood film to resume the shoot.
(Source: Pinkvilla/Inputs From IANS)