Coronavirus Impact: Bollywood Suspends ALL Shooting from Thursday
Bollywood has decided to stop shooting for films and television, a move that will result in huge losses for the industry
The coronavirus scare is taking epic proportions around the world. From lockdowns of airports and cities to strict checking, authorities as well as industries are taking no chances to ensure safety of citizens. Bollywood too has been rather proactive in this regard. Already cinemas in cities like Mumbai and Delhi have been shut to avoid gathering of people resulting in the postponement of films like Sooryavanshi starring Akshay Kumar.
But now a more important decision has been taken. All film and television shooting will come to a grinding halt in Mumbai from Thursday March 19 to Tuesday March 31. On Sunday afternoon at 3 pm all the film federations of Bollywood -- IMPPA (Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association), FWICE (Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees), IFTDA (Indian Film & Television Directors Association), WIFPA (Western India Film Producers Association) and IFPTC (Indian Film & TV Producers Council) — met and resolved to suspend all shooting of all entertainment products as a precaution against the Coronavirus.
Industry spokesperson Ashoke Pandit says, “We met on Sunday and decided to halt all shooting .We stand by the Government’s concerns and are following their instructions.”
This will, no doubt, be a huge setback for the Corona-stricken Indian entertainment industry. Already reeling under the impact of movie theatres’ closure across the country, the suspension of shooting will be calamitous for the television industry in particular which moves on a day-to-day basis supplying content to television channels.
Daily soaps would just have to do repeats on air until the situation normalizes. As for the films, nearly every film underproduction will suffer a huge blow because of this rude interruption to shoots.
The losses, say trade experts, will run into hundreds of crores of rupees. Already, Irrfan Khan’s Angrezi Medium that released a few days ago, suffered from the impact of the coronavirus scare with the film registering very low numbers.