Coronavirus cases are increasing day by day. Given the increase in coronavirus cases, the Maharashtra government recently announced a curfew in the state. The shooting of TV shows, films and ads have also come to a halt. Due to change, the makers of many TV shows also shifted their shooting locations. Several TV celebrities strongly reacted to the government's decision to stop the shooting of TV shows.
Kumkum Bhagya's Pooja Banerjee said, "It’s disheartening to hear that shooting for films and serials will come to a halt. While I know we need to break the chain and I totally support the government's decision, I feel we also need to take care of our finances and people who are dependent upon us. There are several daily wage earners who are dependent on the Entertainment Industry. I personally would take up something else outside Mumbai if I get something, obviously, I’ll take all the necessary precautions, but won’t be able to sit at home.”
Siddhant Vir Surryavanshi who essays the role of Kuldeep in Kyun Rishton Mein Katti Batti said, "I welcome the decision of the government and understand that all the measures announced were needed to break the chain of transmission of the COVID-19. The situation in Maharashtra is grave and I hope everything gets fine soon. I would request everyone to take all the necessary precautions and stay indoors unless absolutely necessary to step out. Take care, stay safe."
Hamariwali Good News actor Raghav Tiwari called the second wave of COVID-19 dangerous and mentioned that he feels all should support the decision made by the government. He added, "We need to control this pandemic. If we continue to be negligent, then it can spiral out of control. So rather than thinking about the small losses that we may face at the moment, we should think about the positives of the future. Let's all follow the rules and regulations, promote the drive and help put an end to the pandemic. While I'll miss shooting for Hamariwali Good News, I feel health is wealth and these are necessary steps that I surely welcome."
Qurbaan Hua's Pratibha Ranta revealed that the whole TV industry is planning to figure a temporary shoot location outside of Maharashtra, so that 'we can continue entertaining our audience'. She added, "I would like to say that we all should take appropriate precautions and wear masks whenever we step out, sanitize ourselves and our surroundings from time to time and stay indoors as much as possible because after all precaution is better than cure. Stay safe!"
Tannaz Irani who plays Maharani Rajeshwari in Apna Time Bhi Aayega said that she feels bad for the channels, the production houses and crew members. She further added, "Every show wants to shoot out of town in locations like Goa and Jaipur and I am sure this will be really costly for the producers too. As far as I am personally concerned, I have personally gone through COVID and I feel these were absolutely necessary steps and I fully support the decision of the government in light of the growing cases and everyone’s health and safety. I will try to make the most of everything with plenty of time on my hand, I will enjoy it with my kids now. In fact, when I am sitting at home alone, my mind becomes really very creative and that’s how I and Bhakhtyar come up with most of our unique ideas for reels, especially that of our Parsi couple. So, we are hoping to encash on this lockdown and make people laugh."
Apna Time Bhi Aayega's Priyal Shah stated that it's a Deju Vu feeling for her. The actress mentioned that she considers herself lucky enough to have her family by her side and feels blessed that she'll get to spend time with them. She also requested everyone to stay safe and stay indoors. Megha Ray shared that she believes the government's decision has a big impact on the industry. However, 'I also believe it is the need of the hour to break the chain.'
"It is a necessary inconvenience that we have to bear for a larger cause and while I did feel that a majority of the crew members who earn on a per-day basis might be financially hit, I believe there is a hope for them as many production houses have been looking for alternatives to continue the shoot in some way and minimise the impact on the show as well as the team associated with it. The idea is to head to safer locations to shoot and create a bio bubble that would help minimise the risk that comes in from being exposed. Let’s see what is in store for us," she added.
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