“There was a ‘Brahmastra’ song that needed 300 dancers, there was a Rohit Shetty song for ‘Cirkus’, one song to be choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant and there were quite a few outdoor shootings. Rehearsals of all the songs were done but now the shooting is cancelled. In the case of ‘Brahmastra’, first Ranbir Kapoor got Covid so we had to stop the work for 15 days and then Alia Bhatt got infected and now there’s a government mandate to not shoot big songs which is really unfortunate,” Shaikh added.
A dancer earns Rs 4500 per shift, however Shaikh says that they’re finally every day wage workers which implies no shoot, no cash; and due to this fact it’s scary once more for members. This new lockdown will have an effect on the dancers. He hopes for issues to come back beneath management by the month-finish.
The junior artists are virtually out of work now as a result of of these new SOPs which have come into motion as soon as once more. Raja, of the junior artists affiliation, is a fearful man. With solely a pair of days passed by after the brand new lockdown, he has his members calling him for monetary assist. He stated, “The last time around producers and other people helped us with ration and money but I don’t see it happening this time. We will wait for a while and if things don’t improve will definitely look at the producers to help my members.”
Recently, about 45 junior artists examined constructive earlier than the shoot of Akshay Kumar’s Ram Setu. Raja justifies most of them are asymptomatic and in-house quarantine and simply in case anybody must be hospitalised they should ship them to a authorities hospital.
The Junior Artists Association has a complete power of 3000 members together with the Mahila Kalakar however resulting from Covid norms, most of the producers had been hiring solely about 50 to 60 artists in a shoot. Raja stated, “Only about 500 members were getting work per day and that too each of them would get work alternately but with almost all shoots involving junior artiste put on hold, we are looking at difficult times for our members.”
Another every day wage division, the studio setting division, too has taken a beating with the massive movie set construction put on maintain as a result of new lockdown and restrictions of huge shoots together with songs, motion and crowd scenes. Ashok Dubey, basic secretary of FWICE stated that fighters and studio setting departments too have hit badly. He informs that there have been three huge units that had been beneath construction together with Pathan which was being constructed on the helipad of Film metropolis that concerned the taking pictures of John Abraham and Shah Rukh Khan. Then there was the Brahmastra set and Vikram Motwane’s Andolan Pictures’ set that was additionally beneath construction. Each set had about 250 members from the setting division working each day and the work was alleged to go on for a month however this new lockdown will hit their livelihood.”
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