With filming stopping in Maharashtra due to the upsurge in Covid cases, the television industry has been hit the hardest. Episode banks are quickly drying up, and although many shows have moved to alternative locations like Goa, sustaining such a plan of action for the long term may not be feasible for all producers, being given that television is a platform that requires a flow of content.
Under the current circumstances, there are rumors that many producers are considering ending their shows, especially those with low ratings.
Among the programs that have left the state are “Hamari Wali Good News”, “Kundali Bhagya”, “Kumkum Bhagya” and “Qurbaan Hua”.
According to sources, “Shaadi Mubarak”, along with Rati Pandey and Manav Gohil, is on hiatus. They aired new episodes until April 20. The hiatus was triggered after Manav tested positive, leading the producers to decide that the cast shouldn’t be traveling because there were children.
Popular shows such as “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah” and “Bhabiji Ghar By Hain!” So far, have relied on episode banks created before the lockdown to keep new episodes in circulation. However, manufacturers don’t know how to continue once they run out of fresh content.
Asit Kumarr Modi, the creator of “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah”, says they have an episode bank until early May, and reruns are not an option for a popular show.
“At the moment, the airing of reruns is not an option. We might consider shooting outside of Maharashtra, but for that we must first take into account everyone’s health and safety. It’s under discussion, ”he said, adding,“ We are staying at home because right now nothing is more important than the health and safety of everyone. The current episodes were shot in advance. The show has an episode bank that should run through us through May 3, ”he told IANS.
However, JD Majethia, chairman of the Indian Film and Television Producers Council (IFTPC), has publicly stated that a few shows may consider closing.
“Some can (close). But (there is) no confirmation from the channels (yet), ”he said, adding,“ This is the biggest fear for television. This kind of break can put viewers off. “
He adds, “Right now, if the lockdown is until April 30 and May 2, if filming starts in Mumbai, then I don’t see any off-air broadcasts. It’s IPL (season) and broadcasters won’t like to take any shows off the air now either. They will not be able to replace them so soon with other shows. But if the lockdown continues, shows that did not score well will be removed and channels can reintroduce their hit shows as reruns. “
Actress Shubhangi Atre, who plays Angoori Bhabhi in “Bhabiji Ghar By Hain” and currently battles Covid, says her show has an episode bank but they need to get back on set as soon as possible.
“Our show is not being shot at the moment. We have an episode bank, but filming is due to start soon. We are awaiting an update. However, I am still fighting against Covid. My body is in a recovery period, ”she says.
Actress Mitali Nag, who is on the show “Gum Hai Kisi Ke Pyar Mein”, says that in the case of shows that have moved outside of Maharashtra, the whole team is not present. Only the people required for the filming traveled.
“We had a bank earlier when the team moved to Goa. Because of Covid, not everyone steals. They only steal those who need it. We still have a bank and the scenario hasn’t changed yet. Only the location has changed. I will also be going there soon, ”she said.
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