The entertainment industry has been shut down since more than two months due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Though the government has granted permission to resume shootings, certain actors are not interested to begin work again till July or August due to the threat of rapidly increasing infection cases. Whether to resume shooting or not is the biggest question in the minds of everyone in the Telugu film industry.
Regarding this, Telugu Movie Artistes Association (MAA) President Naresh said in an interview with a leading daily, “I am ready to shoot if all the precautions are taken. But I spoke to several character artistes and others and they expressed some fear about restarting shooting(sic.)”
“We actors can’t maintain physical distance from each other in our work, we can’t wear protective gear, and we have to submit to being touched by make up artistes, he points out(sic.)”
The MAA president said he has been calling up actors individually to get their views on whether or not shooting should be resumed. “I spoke to some actors who stay in Mumbai and they said that they don’t want to travel. They feel a bit afraid of staying in hotels too, as they don’t know how things will go, we don’t have a clear picture. The Telugu Film Chamber has to take a decision about it(sic.)”
Mr. Naresh also spoke about the hardships film workers are going through and said, “Apart from the lead pair and top technicians, most of the others involved in a shooting schedule get paid daily. It’s now three months since shootings were held and we have sent messages to all the 900 members and the MAA and I in my personal capacity helped nearly 120 actors during this lockdown phase(sic.)”
Many celebs like Pawan Kalyan, Nithiin and Samantha Akkineni have already decided to not resume any shootings for their upcoming films till July or August. However, few films like RRR and Krack have already started trail shootings to see if they can work with all the guidelines the Government provided.