Just when Bollywood looked to be getting back on track with proclamations being planned and film shoots announced, a second outpouring in the number of Covid-19 cases has brought everything back to square one. With a night curfew executed for the past one week, filmmakers are no longer able to stick to their schedules that included post sundown scenes. And these days, with the state ogling at another lockdown, the date diaries might be further thrown awry. Bollywood is putting up a brave front in the face of hardship but seems like the revival is a far-fetched vision.
Lending an intuition into Bollywood’s quandary, trade analyst Atul Mohan says, “The scenario is again very stressful for Bollywood. We had thought that business was back to normal, but we were wrong. The second wave of Covid has hit us hard again. So far, three movies have announced that they are being postponed, and a few more are likely to follow in the days to come. Weekend lockdown, night curfews in several cities and states, obtaining a negative Covid report before entering malls, which house cinema halls, and 50 per cent occupancy in major markets like Mumbai and Maharashtra, are all impacting the business’’.
While producers are stooping from the impact of the second surge by delaying the release of their films, cinema hall owners are bearing the effect of the night curfew. It is now a dream for Bollywood to resuscitate in 2021.