I won’t do in­ti­mate scenes for a while: Bhumi

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCITY - Juhi Chakrabort­y juhi.chakrabort­y@htlive.com

As Bol­ly­wood pre­pares to re­sume shoot­ing with so­cial dis­tanc­ing norms in place even on a film set, there are still as­pects that re­main un­cer­tain, es­pe­cially con­tact mo­ments.

Ac­tor Bhumi Ped­nekar says she is go­ing to steer clear from ro­man­tic and in­ti­mate scenes al­to­gether. “I don’t know about im­ple­men­ta­tion of so­cial dis­tanc­ing. We’ll have to wait and watch. On a film set, you have so many peo­ple work­ing to­gether. Es­pe­cially as ac­tors, we are vul­ner­a­ble. I can’t wear a mask and do a scene. I’m sure the dy­nam­ics will change. I don’t see my­self ro­manc­ing any­one on the big screen for a while now. Even our sto­ry­lines will change,” shares Ped­nekar.

While the ac­tor, 30, says that safety is pri­or­ity, she also feels that work has to com­mence sooner now, as liveli­hoods of a lot of peo­ple in­volved de­pend on films.

“Se­cu­rity comes be­fore ev­ery­thing else.

At the same time, I feel our econ­omy has to get go­ing. There are so many peo­ple who’re de­pen­dent on the film in­dus­try. So, I’m ready to go back to work,” she ex­plains.

Ped­nekar feels that with proper pre­cau­tions and safety mea­sures in place, work can re­sume not just in the film in­dus­try but across all sec­tors. “Deaths due to the virus are dev­as­tat­ing. My heart goes out to ev­ery vic­tim and their fam­i­lies, to the front­line work­ers. Hon­estly, when I think of them, I get a lot of courage,” she says.

The ac­tor fur­ther warns that peo­ple who need to step out should be re­spon­si­ble and take pre­cau­tions. “They should un­der­stand that there are pro­to­cols the gov­ern­ment has set for our good and we’ve to re­spect that. If we want life to get back to nor­mal, we’ve to lis­ten to them,” she says.

Bhumi Ped­nekar

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