Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) : 2020-08-25

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PHOTO: IMAGESBAZA­AR www.hindustant­imes.com www.facebook.com/htcity twitter.com/htshowbiz instagram.com/htcity www.youtube.com/user/ht Entertainm­ent & Promotiona­l Features CHANDIGARH, TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2020 I SCAN THIS CODE FOR MORE POSITIVE SHOTS OF LIFE SIXSHOTSOF­LIFE There’s negativity all around but we will focus on the positivity. Our editor picks shots of life that bring a smile different locations seems to be a common point of connect. JD Majethia, chairman, Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC) and producer of the show Bhakarwadi says, “The smallest of things have been kept in mind in these SOPS.” Agrees trade analyst Joginder Tuteja, who says, “Shooting is needed not just for films which have to come to theatres, but also those planning to come on OTT. We don’t know when theatres will reopen, but atleast those OTT films can resume, or those who have 10-15 days of shoot left.” Rishabh Suri Prashant Singh I T n a relief for the industry, Union informatio­n and broadcasti­ng minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Sunday that all film and television shoots across the country can resume, along with a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) in place. While shoots had resumed in the main hub of Bollywood, Maharashtr­a, and in some other parts of the country such as Kolkata, panindia shoots hadn’t been allowed until now. SOPS range from only actors facing the camera being exempted from wearing face masks, to ensuring visitors or audiences are barred on sets. Ashoke Pandit, chief advisor, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) welcomes this move. “Now we can go to any state and shoot. It’s not only job opportunit­ies for our industry, but everyone related to shooting,” he says, adding the SOPS are similar to what had been in effect for Maharashtr­a. Filmmakers are happy too. Vinil Mathew, who is directing Taapsee Pannu-starrer Haseen Dilruba, says, “While it’s good to have official endorsemen­t, as it will be a guidance for the crews, it all boils down to where you want to shoot, the municipali­ty will decide. We are planning to get on floors in October.” Echoing similar sentiments is Sabbir Khan, who is helming Nikamma starring Shilpa Shetty Kundra. He says, “SOPS being issued is a great sign. I will probably resume my shoot after the monsoon. I have fourfive days of outdoor shoot left.” The ease to shoot across he lockdown has had an adverse impact on everyone, including the showbiz world. And daily wage crew members — such as spot boys, carpenters, tailors and drivers etc. — have been hit hardest. But now, as the Ministry of Informatio­n and Broadcasti­ng greenlight­s shoots with guidelines, the fraternity has welcomed the move, adding it will have an immediate and direct positive impact on daily wagers. “It has been five months since the lockdown started (on March 25). Do you think it has been easy for people? Not at all,” says filmmaker Nikkhil Advani, who has multiple projects readying to go on the floors now. In fact, last week, when Advani held rehearsals at Filmcity for Kaashvie Nair’s film (his next production starring Arjun Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh), a few crew members came up to thank him. “They were like, ‘It’s becoming difficult to keep up with the expenses with every passing day.’ Remember actors, directors or producers can survive this lockdown, but for daily wagers, it’s an everyday earning,” he says. Many feel while daily wage crew members will benefit, the ministry’s move will impact the entire ecosystem of the industry. “Of course, the daily wagers stand to benefit from work resuming in full flow. But we also have many actors, especially in the TV world, who work on daily-wage basis. And none of them earned a penny till TV shows restarted shoots in June. The great thing is now we can look at shooting anywhere in the country,” rishabh.suri@htlive.com n says Amit Behl, senior joint secretary and chairperso­n of Cine & TV Artists Associatio­n (CINTAA). Director Anees Bazmee, on his part, feels that a longer lockdown can make things “tougher for many”. “We (filmmakers and actors etc.) have had no issues (due to the lockdown) but the daily wagers have had a really tough time. Unke liye toh roz ki kamaai hoti hai,” says the Welcome (2007) maker, adding: “Ek filmmaker ya actor sirf shauq ke liye bhi film kar sakta hai par for them, it’s their only source of income. Agar yeh kaam nahi hoga toh shayad bahuton ke ghar chulhe bhi nahi jalenge.” Compiled by Swati Chaturvedi prashant.singh@htlive.com n JENKINS IS FIRM TO RELEASE WONDER WOMAN 1984 ONLY ON THE BIG SCREEN Rishabh Suri T here’s no clarity on when the theatres will reopen, but director Patty Jenkins is committed to release her next, Wonder Woman 1984, on the big screen only. “We all worked so hard to bring something that would be a big visual spectacula­r great time. So we’re going to stick it out,” she said during the film’s panel at the virtual DC Fandome. The film, starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Kristen Wiig, missed its original date due to the pandemic and is now slated to release on Oct 2, 2020. Shreya Mukherjee T here are certain set beauty standards in our society that most of us grow up with. However, it seems the time has come to break these stereotype­s, as celebs too are going vocal for the same. Be it Sameera Reddy feeling positive with her white hair, pimples and weight gain, Kalki Koechlin flaunting her unshaven armpits or Kubbra Sait’s selfie highlighti­ng “Normal is OK” with bushy brows and dark circles, celebs are breaking one stereotype at a time. Not to forget, Karan Johar flaunting his greys and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s unwanted zit on a no makeup face. Moreover, all this is happening on social media, where people often tend to hide their real self. After giving birth to her son, Reddy admits going through post-partum depression. “Being overweight bothered me all the more, given the expectatio­ns, pressure on women, especially on actors,” she says, adding that she decided to address these issues positively. “I don’t want the younger generation to grow up in a fake environmen­t. And the positive messages I’ve been getting do give me hope,” she shares. IANS Image consultant Sheena Agarwal feels the porn and entertainm­ent industry have redefined beauty. “We have set such unrealisti­c standards for ourselves that it often ends up destroying confidence,” she says, lauding celebs for opting to unmask themselves. “I hope more celebs join in,” she adds. Agreeing to it, image consultant and beauty pageant trainer Rita Gangwani feels the pandemic and lockdown has changed many things. “And celebs addressing these stereotype­s is only adding to the narrative,” she opines. Throwing her weight behind the issue, Koechlin believes it is okay ‘to be less than perfect’ and people should refrain from pulling others down on social media. “If you don’t have something positive to give in your comments, just keep quiet,”says the actor. n n shreya.mukherjee@htlive.com

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