Aamir Dalvi aka Zafar of SAB TV fantasy Aladdin – Naam Toh Suna Hoga views the current lockdown pandemic as a kind of content reset game.”Creative teams should revisit storyboards and try to bring in positive changes, thereby winning back some of the audience who had migrated to the web of late. Let’s face it, TV will remain default mode of entertainment for millions with cinemas and other entertainment modes facing extended closures.”
Here, Aamir adds, “While looking at the glass half full, I am equally aware of the pitfalls, especially to employment to both cast and crew. Since we might have to shoot at 33% capacity, most work will revolve only around leads. Supporting actor will be called less, and those above 50 years of age will be “rested” for three months,” says Aamir who has done several shows like Saathi Re, Devanshi, and Chhal Sheh Aur Maat etc.
“The channels and makers are plagued by fears of losing audience connect if the lockdown gets further dragged. If Mumbai fails to get back on track quickly there could be an exodus of shoots to other green zones. Most such limited units will willingly getting quarantined for 14 days before going on floors. “However this too has a flip side for such massive movements might carry the virus to hitherto safe zones. If that happens, all bets will be off. We don’t know the extent of the outbreak with most patients being asymptomatic, and with inadequate testing.”
He ends by saying: “I just pray that these dark clouds soon dissipate and we get back to normal.”