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What lies ahead for TV Industry in the Coronavirus period?

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Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic made few disturbances in the TV industry. Everything, including all the art sectors, was shut down, which now leads to delaying the production of television programs in many countries.

To maintain Social distancing, some rules are appealed to be mandatory. As the production companies and broadcasters have to maintain the safety of all those who are involved in the production.

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As there were no new broadcasts and television, communities were lacking to produce original shows. The nation saw the broadcasting of various old shows. Shows such as ‘Khichdi,’ ‘Sarabhai vs. Sarabhai,’ ‘Buniyaad,’ ‘Sumit Sambhal Lega,’ and ‘Office-Office’ made the younger generation get the gist of the simpler India.

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The Channels were forced to bring back old TV shows such as the epics, ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat,’ these tv shows have had a version of remakes several times.

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Recently the Maharashtra Government presented rules for the film and television shootings, which could resume in non-containment zones. The state government issued a page of about 16 pages long, with a set of guidelines for producers to begin shooting films and television production.

The collection of guidelines included maintaining about 33 percent of the crew, which wouldn’t cover the main cast on set. The staff members are supposed to carry identification cards and are required to download the ‘Aarogya Setu’ App downloaded on their devices.

The set of rules also included that the presence of Ambulance, doctors, and nurses are a compulsion on the shooting ground. And a dedicated section of the workforce would be required to check the temperatures of the cast and crew involved. Other restrictions, such as actors above the age of 65 or actors who are pregnant, are not permitted to come on the sets. Also, there won’t be any audience allowed for fiction or non-fiction programming.

Besides the compulsory six feet distance between the crew members and wearing masks, all doors and gates will be blocked by security guards to minimize touching of the doors and handles. Sequences related to marriage, fights, or markets are permitted until the threats subside.

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Later after the rules were laid out, actors such as Hema Malini, Shabana Azmi, and Paresh Rawal sought amendments to the mentioned rules by the government. These requests followed up after Kanwaljit Singh publicly expressed his disappointment for getting replaced by a younger actor on a show.

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Hema Malini cited the examples of Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, and herself stating in a letter to Citing the examples of Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, and herself. She said in the letter to home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla that these senior artistes “will be restricted from completing their previous and recurring projects.”

As it came to notice that various producers have replaced senior actors with younger ones to keep their shows running. The makers of KBC have refused to return Big B. As ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ was supposed to start the shooting of the show as and when the set of rules for actors above the age of 65 were to be lifted.

The recent news of Amitabh Bachchan getting admitted as he was tested positive will be affecting the ongoing inconveniences for the shooting of Kaun Banega Crorepati as well.

Rules or no rules, there is still time for this situation to seal itself in a frozen lake. And if anything resumes, it must be followed by a set of rules.

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