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Bollywood gears up to shoot amid new normal

With the new normal setting in, Bollywood filmmaking will not be the same. New guidelines and restrictions — from on-set temperature checks to budget alterations — are bound to be in vogue if shooting and other production activities are to begin for films, TV and OTT shows once the lockdown is lifted.

Filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari told IANS that there will be a change in the way the process of production is looked at.

“We are staying in unknown times of hope. Whenever shoot starts, there will be a change in the way we look at the process of production. A new normal where safety of all is the most important priority will be in place, according to the rule book of the Guild,” Tiwari said.

“For all new productions, there may be a schedule revamp, whereby indoor locations with minimum requirement of cast and crew, and production elements will be accomplished first,” she added.

Actress Richa Chadha hopes that shooting will start with proper guidelines in place.

“I really don’t know what the shooting scenario will be post the pandemic but I am hoping with proper guidelines shoots can begin. I believe the Producers Guild has already sent a long set of guidelines saying how they plan to restart shoots slowly especially for television,” Richa told IANS.

Actress Jacqueline Fernandez feels the changes will take place slowly.

“Post the lockdown, I’m sure there will be change but it will happen gradually. Things will take time to get back to normal for everyone and not just for the entertainment industry. Till then, we should continue to stay safe at home,” said Jacqueline.

Acclaimed actor Pankaj Tripathi said that whatever rules are given by the higher authorities have to be followed by actors and workers alike.

Actress Yami Gautam feels that budgets are going to be adjusted.

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