Even if the lock­down eases, we need to be care­ful, says Sh­weta

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCITY - Nishad Nee­lam­baran nishad.thaivalapi­l@htlive.com

The new nor­mal for any in­dus­try or fra­ter­nity is go­ing to be safety,” says Sh­weta Tri­pathi Sharma. The Masaan (2015) ac­tor, who has also been a part of the the­atre cul­ture in the coun­try, feels that the the­atre in­dus­try won’t “start any­time soon”. “Hav­ing said that, there are a lot of on­line plays and per­for­mances that are al­ready hap­pen­ing and I think they’re just go­ing to in­crease,” she adds.

The coun­try has seen the states eas­ing the lock­down re­stric­tions since the start of this month. How­ever, Sharma points out that it is ex­tremely im­por­tant to be care­ful. “Even if the lock­down eases, we need to be care­ful. It is not just one in­di­vid­ual; it is about every­one you meet and in­ter­act with,” she elu­ci­dates.

Ask her if ac­tors will be a lit­tle scep­ti­cal to shoot, and she says, “The best way to sup­port any in­dus­try is by find­ing out new ways to deal with this sit­u­a­tion. All the ac­tors love per­form­ing, but not at the risk of our own lives and the lives of our loved ones. Act­ing is emo­tional and phys­i­cal and it re­quires a lot of body lan­guage. It will be re­ally dif­fi­cult.”

Speak­ing about how the ini­tial re­sponse can be from the au­di­ence, she says, “They will be scep­ti­cal and I am guess­ing they won’t be jump­ing at the first op­por­tu­nity they get. We need to watchout for our­selves. It is not go­ing to be easy.”

So, what changes does she ex­pect to see when things open up? “Thank­fully, peo­ple have taken up car­ry­ing a sani­tiser with them se­ri­ously. Changes are al­ready hap­pen­ing. We, as cit­i­zens, should take re­spon­si­bil­ity, too. Let’s hope that we don’t let each other down in this sit­u­a­tion,” she signs off.

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