Last year at the initial stage of the covid pandemic several works got affected and kept on halt slowly when on getting on the normal track but this second wave of a covid pandemic is making it impossible again. Again, due to the rise in the positive cases slowly every work is put on hold and public places are shut.
And the actor Shreyas Talpade is one of them who is busy shooting for his several projects recently finished shooting for one of the upcoming projects and jumped on to the next but unfortunately, they had to stop shooting due to the second wave of COVID-19.
“Despite starting vaccination on a large scale, cases are still rising and we are once again getting into a situation that is similar to the lockdown last year. Offices are shut, and new guidelines and restrictions are in place for shooting on sets. We were to shoot in Mumbai and some places in South Maharashtra, but considering the risk involved, we have postponed our shoot. This is frustrating because things were just getting back on track and now things have come to a halt,” said Shreyas Talpade.
As the actor became a filmmaker four years back with Dharmendra-Sunny-Bobby Deol starrer, Poster Boyz. Asking him if lack of opportunities in films prompted him to turn towards the direction and he said, “I feel my real potential hasn’t been explored. There are many people who continuously keep asking me why I am not doing films like Iqbal or Welcome to Sajjanpur and all I can say in return is, ‘How?’ People need to come to me with interesting scripts – only then can I prove myself again. I can either wait for a film to come to me or make a film. I chose the latter. There were so many good stories, but they did not materialize, so I felt it was important to tell these stories and turn director.”
Further, he is disheartened how the film industry is going through its worst stages due to this deadly virus, to which he says, “Earlier when there was a calamity, the film business was seldom hit. Whether you are happy or sad, you don’t stop watching films, because they entertain you. However, the pandemic has hit the industry so badly, that no one knows how the losses will be recovered.”
And Shreyas Talpade signed off believing that the past one year has pushed people to step out of their comfort zone, says, “The last one year has been so tough that people had to try new things to survive, and in the process, they realized how those things worked for them. When OTT platforms started getting active in 2019, people did not take them seriously. But, today even a small kid talks about ‘content’ on OTT platforms, so things have changed now.”