The Sanjay Leela Bhansali film was being shot at Film City before lockdown.
People are waiting eagerly for this COVID-19 pandemic to end soon. All the economic and social activities have been shut because of this novel coronavirus. Same as the other businesses and industries, the film industry is also praying for this lockdown to end so they can start the shoots that have been halted because of the pandemic.
Now the news is that Alia Bhatt starrer ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ is most probably going to be the first movie to go on the floor as soon as the lockdown ends and the government allows shooting activities to resume.
The film that is helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali was being shot in Film City in Mumbai when the COVID-19 when the coronavirus cases started surfacing in the country. To avoid the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, the government imposed a nationwide lockdown which meant shutting down all activities whether social or economic and advised all the people to stay at home.
As a result, the shoot of the film was also halted and the makers had no choice but to wait for the ending of the lockdown. However, the set was kept intact so that the shoot could be resumed quickly whenever they got the government nod. Even other filmmakers had kept their sets intact waiting to start the shoot post lockdown. Now, as the government has started a phased exit from the lockdown and businesses are slowly being allowed to open with some safety guidelines and protocols in place, the film industry is also busy making preparation to start the shoot as soon as they get a green signal from the state government.
Producers Guild of India has also drafted new protocols for the film and TV industry, which will be followed once they receive a go-ahead from Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. FWICE have also added a few pointers to the same, the secretary shared, “Corona is not going to end so soon and going by the past few months the way shoot has stopped, we have kept the necessary precautions in mind and written a letter to the CM urging to start the shoot. We were permitted to shoot in green and orange zone but Mumbai is red zone so it cannot be possible for a while. Daily wage workers want to start work. The guidelines shared by the Producers Guild are good, we just want to add a few corrections for the safety of the workers, technicians. We have sent our SOP and we will plan accordingly.”
Release date: 11 September 2020 (India)
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Screenplay: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Producers: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Jayantilal Gada
Music director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sanchit Balhara