Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Bollywood grinds to a halt

Reading Time: 2 minutes

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, all Indian filmmakers and producers have decided to temporarily halt filming. In a notification issued by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association, Federation of Western Cine Employees and other similar bodies, they’ve announced that work for films, TV shows, and other formats will be suspended until 31 March.

Good on you, Bollywood, for coming together in these unpredictable times!

As of the day of the announcement, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has confirmed 107 cases of the coronavirus in India.

Just days prior, films like Salman Khan’s upcoming Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai were still shooting in Mumbai although makers insisted they were adhering to safety norms by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Even Kartik Aryan had posted pictures of the cast and crew in masks on the set of Bhool Bhulaiyya 2.

Due to the coronavirus, several cinema halls have shut down in India and movie releases have been postponed. Showings of recently released movies like Baaghi 3 and Angrezi Medium have been paused while upcoming releases like Akshay Kumar-starrer Sooryavanshi have been delayed indefinitely.

Bollywood stars have been regularly reaching out to their fans to stay responsible and listen to health advisories. Parineeti Chopra posted a two-page letter on social media.
“While all of us have the “luxury” to be house arrested and waiting for news, please spare a thought for the doctors and medical staff around the world who are risking their lives, away from their families, to save us! Exactly like our soldiers do at a war,” it read.

Even Big B Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter requesting fans to stay safe and not to gather outside his bungalow Jalsa for their weekly meet-and-greets.

READ ALSO: Angrezi Medium’: Irrfan, Deepak Dobriyal shine in aimless film

Related Articles

Remembering Saroj Khan: check out her Top 5 dance performances

  Saroj Khan, a talented dancer and Bollywood's first female choreographer, has left behind a legacy unlike any other. Her career spanned over forty years...

Neighbours win in Diwali lights contest

  Two lighting designs high on history, culture, craft and sustainability have won the inaugural Indian Link WorldRemit Diwali Light Up Your Home Contest. Manjunath Hukkeri...

Soumitra Chattopadhyay: Bangla cinema’s Alt Superstar

  He was the alt superstar of Bangla cinema in its glory years, the affable Bhadralok icon who crafted a towering stature ironically banking on...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -


Ep8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s life

To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Ep 6: The Indian LGBTQ+ community in 2020

  It’s been two years since the world’s largest democracy repealed the draconian Section 377 which used to allow discrimination against homosexual people. Only this...
- Advertisement -

Latest News

More foreign couples adopting girls from UP

More and more girl children are now being adopted by childless couples from other countries and officials in Uttar Pradesh attribute this trend to...

NSW restrictions eased in time for Christmas

  More people will be allowed to gather both at home and in outdoor public spaces, and smaller hospitality venues can increase their capacity under...
steve smith virat kohli

Kohli, Ashwin, Steve Smith nominated for ICC Player of the Decade

  Indian skipper Virat Kohli, ace off-spinner R Ashwin have been nominated for the prestigious ICC Men's Player of the Decade award. Apart from Kohli and...
pm modi speaking

PM Modi: ‘Frontline workers will be first to get Covid vaccine’

  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that health and frontline workers will get priority when it comes to getting the Covid vaccine when it...
tiger cub

India’s Pilibhit Reserve gets global award for doubling tiger population

  The Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) and the Uttar Pradesh Forest department have bagged the first-ever international award, TX2, for doubling the number of tigers...