The television industry affected by Cyclone Tauktae; Most of the exterior decorations destroyed
Even as the television industry was in shock from the shutdown of filming due to the second wave of Covid-19, Cyclone Tauktae made matters worse, the majority of TVs in Maharashtra, the Gujarat and areas being severely damaged.
JD Majethia, chairman of the Indian Council of Film and Television Producers (IFTPC), said almost all sets suffered damage or the other as manufacturers were not prepared for this type of weather risk, in especially with the monsoon nowhere yet.
“In mid-May we are getting ready for the monsoon and looking at everything that needs to be done on the set. It was due, and we were waiting for permission so that, with the lockdown lifted, we could begin. But the cyclone struck and all the settings – exterior, exterior, interior – were affected. Something or the other is damaged. Somewhere trees fell outside, ”he says.
He adds: “On my set (Wagle Ki Duniya) a tree broke the border wall and there is a hole in the roof through which water is flowing. Some of the sets that had large exteriors are completely washed away. . It’s a challenge. Time for us. We hope to be able to work on our sets immediately so that when we have to start, we are in a safer area. “
Majethia is relieved that there is at least no causation. “The flip side is that there was no filming, so no casualties were reported,” he says.
Amit Behl, co-principal secretary and chair, Outreach Committee, CINTAA, says the effect of this destruction will reverberate through actors and workers.
“It is very sad that apart from the loss of life and property on the west coast of India, movie sets and televisions have been destroyed. It is a great loss for the production house and the producers. The actors just got back to work after a long time. dismissal. It will affect us all, ”he says.
“The actors will have to wait and the producers will have to choose a new location to shoot and restructure the whole thing. When the economy is affected, the whole ecosystem is affected and the actors are also affected. The industry suffers a major loss anyway. . and it filters down to the lowest common denominator, workers and actors. We are worried and hope to get out quickly, “he adds.
Actress Deepshika Nagpal, who is currently filming for the show “Ranju Ki Betiyaan” in Silvassa, says they had to move the set inside due to high winds.
“It was terrible. The winds were strong and there was heavy rain. Our shoot for the day was supposed to be an open location and we had started shooting when it suddenly started to rain which caused some confusion. We had to rush all the material inside. Fortunately, the production house of “Ranju Ki Betiyaan” had taken the necessary precautions so that there was no material or physical damage, but the shooting schedule got out of whack except for a few scenes. indoors. But my colleagues and I were worried. if the cyclone continues, we may have to stop firing altogether, ”she said.
Producer Rajan Shahi’s show “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai” was filmed in Gujarat and a video of the crew running to take equipment indoors has gone viral. There was also news that the filming of “Anupamaa” and “Mann Kee Awaz Pratigya 2” had to be canceled.