Bollywood Blind Item – July 2020 – 3
The situation reported in the blind item below is both likely and unlikely. It depends…With everything going on right now, the industry is not expected to go back in business anytime soon. Maybe by the end of the year if things calm down, but not anytime soon. There will be precautions, which will affect the senior citizens more than anyone else. It is sad because there are quite a few senior people working backstage and on the sets of films.
So this film has already started shooting. The blind item refers to the film commencing shooting, which means starting the first leg of the shoot. Since there’s no other film like this one shooting right now with a popular lead actress, we are going to guess it’s this film. But the description in the blind item does not really match this film.
This film only has about 30% left to shoot. If you remember when the lockdown was announced and there was heavy rain, there was news on how the stage crew were trying to protect the sets. Then eventually, it was decided that the sets would be demolished as it was too expensive to let it be until the lockdown ends.
To think that the film is at the stage that the blind item is saying it is sounds a bit hard to believe. If the blind item is true then it must mean they ran out of money. Again, in this case…It’s quite unlikely since there’s not much shooting left to do.
Anyways, you decide. Check out the blind item from Mumbai Mirror.
A major film that was to commence shooting in the next few weeks seems to be indefinitely postponed. This is the second time the crime thriller – starring a top-drawer female star – is being postponed.
The first time was due to the corona-triggered lockdown. The second seems to be because the movie industry cannot fathom the new normal, or how to shoot with social distancing norms and stringent protocols. This especially rings true after some people on a television shoot tested positive recently.
Major Film: Gangubai Kathiawadi
Actress: Alia Bhatt
Meanwhile, sources inform that shooting for Alia Bhatt‘s Gangubai Kathiawadi is set to resume in the latter half of July. Helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film’s set in Mumbai’s Film City has been lying unused since the lockdown was announced in March.
Adhering to the current regulations, the makers are prepping for a controlled and limited shoot environment. A source informs, “Thirty per cent of the film’s shoot remains. A part of the film’s set is standing in Film City and will probably be the only venue for the remaining shoot. With work in the post-COVID world moving slowly, the team is looking for a month-long schedule to wrap up the project by August end.”
“It’s a good decision on his part because it’s still unclear if the shoot will begin anytime soon. The producers are still paying daily rent for the set to Film City. They have now calculated that even if the shoot resumes somewhere around September-October as is being discussed, it will be a more practical call to demolish the set now and create a similar one again.”