In an exclusive interview with IndiaToday.in, director Anees Bazmee revealed that the film budgets have increased as a result of Covid-19. The director also gave an update on Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, which stars Kartik Aaryan.
Despite the fact that it is a new year, it feels as if we have returned to 2020, when all we did was lock ourselves in our house and pray for things to return to normal. The increase in the number of Covid-19 cases has brought the entertainment industry to a halt, though we are not yet completely locked in. Bollywood was finally getting back on its feet after a long struggle when the third wave hit.
As a result, most theatres were asked to close down at the start of the year, delaying the release of films like Jersey, RRR, and Radhe Shyam. It isn’t just the releases that are affected, though. Many other activities, such as trailer launches, city visits, and on-location shoots, have been halted.
Deepika Padukone, who celebrated her 36th birthday on January 5, had planned to show the trailer for her upcoming film Gehraiyaan to the media in Alibaug, according to reports. However, due to an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, the plan had to be scrapped. In light of the current situation, not only Deepika but also the makers of Akshay Kumar’s next film, Prithviraj, have decided not to hold a trailer launch event. The movie was supposed to come out in January. By now, the trailer should have been released. However, in light of the increasing number of cases, the producers are considering delaying the trailer’s release.
Due to an increase in Covid- 19 cases, actor Salman Khan is said to have imposed strict rules on the sets of Tiger 3. An exclusive interview with filmmaker Aneez Bazmee was conducted by IndiaToday.in. In a situation like this, the director stated that there isn’t much that can be done.
“, he explained “We are currently unable to take any action. We previously dealt with COVID, and now we’re dealing with Omicron, a new variant. Everyone is attempting to do their best and take precautions, including the government, which is compelled to do so. However, it is also true that many people are losing their jobs, and our industry is the hardest hit. We are currently in the red. With 50% occupancy in theatres, it was already difficult to recoup our money; now, with theatres closing, it will be even more difficult to pay salaries and recoup our money “t, for example.” “Our film is also going to come, and let’s hope and wish that everything is fine until then,” he continues, “but you never know, you can’t plan anything concrete these days.”
He expressed sympathy for filmmakers who had to postpone their releases, saying, “Look at films like RRR and Jersey; they promoted their films so extensively that it appears to be a waste of money. They’ll have to do it all over again when the movie is ready to be released. Overall, this is a significant loss.”
When asked about films that have halted the promotion of upcoming films, the director stated, “Naturally, people are now apprehensive about promoting their respective films. What if they have to postpone their films, and the money spent on promotions is wasted? If the film is promoted repeatedly, even the general public will lose interest in it. It’s extremely difficult to recreate the film’s magic over and over again.”
The director of No Entry also explains why film budgets are increasing. He said to us, “These days, there is a lot of uncertainty, and making a film during covid has already increased our budgets. Previously, we could shoot for 1 rupee; now, the same shoot costs 125-145 rupees. This is due to the fact that we must adhere to all of the covid protocols, tests, and other requirements. For us, this is a very sad time. We had no idea that the shooting would come to a halt as well. This will have an impact on low-wage workers. OTT has already sold a number of films to filmmakers. Nothing against the OTT platform; they are doing a fantastic job, and the content on it is excellent; however, some films made for theatres, such as RRR, and films like them, will face difficulties. Right now, all we can do is wait and see how things play out.”
“We are aiming to release the film on the said date in theatres but let’s see, we are hoping everything falls in place till then,” he said of his film Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 with Kartik Aaryan, which was supposed to release on March 25, 2022.