Coronavirus: Film bodies put shootings on hold from March 19 to 31

Various events, award functions, interviews, shooting schedules have been called off in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak.


With theatres in parts of the country under lockdown, shootings stalled and promotional events and interviews on hold due to the spread of coronavirus, the television and film industries are facing huge losses, say experts.

To contain the spread of coronavirus and avoid gathering of large number of people, film bodies in India decided to put shootings of films, TV shows and web series on hold from March 19 to March 31.

Following in the footsteps of Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi, Karnataka and Mumbai on Friday closed malls, gyms and cinema halls to contain the virus that has been declared a pandemic by the WHO. It is hard to quantify exactly how much money is at stake but theatres in Delhi alone may incur a loss of Rs 2 lakh to 10 lakh in the coming 10 days.

Various events, award functions, interviews, shooting schedules have been called off in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Akshay Kumar-starrer Sooryavanshi, which recently launched its trailer with much fanfare, has pushed the release of the film indefinitely. And Angrezi Medium, starring Irrfan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Radhika Madaan and Deepak Dobriyal, is braving the panic around the virus spread by going ahead with its release.

According to the sources, Ranveer Singh's team '83 was planning a massive trailer launch in Mumbai and team Baaghi 3 and Angrezi Medium were planning to head to New Delhi for promotions but all of this was cancelled because of the coronavirus scare. Some major award ceremonies were also cancelled.

Tillotama Shome's film Sir has been postponed. The release of Hollywood movies A Quiet Place 2 as well as Disney's Mulan and The New Mutants has also been pushed. Films already in theatres have seen a drastic decline in viewership and the film that has suffered the most is Tiger Shroff's Baaghi 3.

The India Habitat Centre in Delhi cancelled all upcoming cultural events this month, including the third edition of the Habitat International Film Festival which was scheduled from March 13-22. In Mumbai, major events that were cancelled on Friday included a Hotstar press conference related to the launch of Disney Plus in India and the interviews for a web series.

The National Centre for the Performing Arts also announced that they were cancelling all scheduled programmes in their theatres till March 31. B N Tiwari, president of Federation of Western India Cine Employees, said they will gauge the situation in a meeting on Friday with other film and television bodies.

What need to be gauged is the overall economical impact the lockdown will have on the economy and the livelihood of people and businesses across the country.

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