When the coronavirus pandemic hit India in March no one expected life coming to standstill for such a long period of time. All shoots of serials, ads and films were called off as the pandemic became a reality. Television started rerunning old TV shows including Ramayan, Mahabharat and other popular ones from the '90s. But now, the government has allowed shootings to begin with limited staff and maximum protection. But, looks like shootings cannot begin anytime soon!
Nine TV shows including Kumkum Bhagya, Kundali Bhagya, Tujhse Hai Raabta, Qurbaan Hua, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Punjabi were scheduled to begin shooting today, but unfortunately, that remains cancelled.
According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, the shooting was supposed to begin today but has been cancelled because there is no surety on key issues like sanitisation, safety, payment schedule, insurance, and shift timings.
CINTAA (Cine and Television Artistes Association) and FWICE (Federation of Western India Cine Employees) had an online meeting on Monday and issued a statement on the same.
After the government -issued Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) everyone was expecting to get back to work, but now it looks like that may take some more time. All shootings are on hold since March 19.
Qurban Hua actor Aayam Mehta told the publication that the show kicked off in February and had just completed 19 episodes when the nationwide lockdown changed everything. He said that all shootings will have to wait until the issues are resolved.
“As soon as certain issues are resolved, we will start the shoot. But till then, we will have to wait a little longer,”, said Aayam.
Amir Jaffar, producer of Tujhse Hai Raabta and Qurbaan Hua said that shootings are expected to begin on June 25.