In March-April this year, Bollywood’s several films had to put their shoots on hold due to lockdown amidst the second wave of coronavirus.
Some of the films include big budget and A-listers films like, Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer Pathan (directed by Siddharth Anand), Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Tiger 3 (directed by Manish Sharma), Akshay Kumar starrer Ram Setu (directed by Abhishek Sharma), Akshay Kumar starrer Raksha Bandhan (directed by Aanand L Rai), Alia Bhatt starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi (directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali) and Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer Brahmastra (directed by Ayan Mukerji).
Many films had to cancel their overseas shoot schedules, while others which had planned to start their shoot schedules, had to postpone them. But with the cases declining in Maharashtra, we have now learnt that the film producers are optimistic that the Maharashtra state government will permit the film shoots to resume in Mumbai in the month of June.
“The cases in Maharashtra, particularly Mumbai have gone down. Various film associations are in constant touch with State Government officials and if everything goes as planned, the next unlock provision will give a green signal to film shoots and the industry will be back on their feet from June 15,” revealed a source to Pinkvilla.
Not just the above mentioned biggies, but even other films, including Ranveer Singh starrer Cirkus, Amitabh Bachchan and Rashmika Mandana starrer Good Bye, John Abraham and Arjun Kapoor starrer Ek Villain, Alia starrer Darlings are expected to go on floors if the lockdown is lifted.
“The film bodies have promised that all Covid protocols will be followed. In-fact, multiple production houses and top names of the industry are also in talks with government to explore the possibility of getting the entire film industry vaccinated to curb the spread of Covid,” the source added.