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Akshay to shoot ‘Ram Setu’ mahurat shot in Ayodhya

Actor Akshay Kumar will be heading to Ayodhya soon for the mahurat shot of his upcoming film “Ram Setu”.

The actor will reach Ayodhya on March 18 along with the film’s director Abhishek Sharma and creative producer Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi. It was the Dwivedi who came up with the idea of shooting the mahurat shot at Ayodhya,

“What better way to embark upon the journey of ‘Ram Setu’ than to kick-off at the very birth place of Lord Ram. Having visited Ayodhya several times myself, I suggested to Akshay and the team that we should launch the production schedule with blessings from the holy temple of Lord Ram. We are scheduled to hold our mahurat shot in Ayodhya and commence our filming on an auspicious note,” says Dwivedi.

Sharma reveals that Akshay will be seen in a new avatar. “Akshay sir plays an archaeologist and his look and character is inspired by several Indian and international professional archaeologists who work in the field. In terms of both look and character, Akshay sir’s fans are in for a totally new avatar,” he says.

The film also stars actresses Jacqueline Fernandez and Nushrratt Bharuccha. Talking about their roles in the film, the director says: “They both play strong, independent women with well-etched out parts. We are keeping their looks under wraps for now!”

Meanwhile, Sharma adds that Akshay came on board with the film almost instantly.

The film will be shot at multiple locations while 80 per cent of it will be based in Mumbai.

Producer Vikram Malhotra says that all Covid protocols are in place for the shoot.

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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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