Sunday, December 5

Reel and real-life adjustments as Tolly works under corona cloud

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A week after shooting of serials began in Kolkata, the pandemic seems to be throwing up new challenges for the entertainment industry. On the positive side, work is much faster with little wastage of time since actors/technicians aren’t moving out of the sets. The episode bank figure has also gone up from one to five. But some challenges remain with the Covid-19 insurance papers still pending and some actors having to rejig their schedules after positive cases surfacing in their localities.
As shooting for “Kora Pakhi” began on Thursday, lead actor Parno Mittra decided to shift out of her Mandeville Gardens residence on Saturday. “A person in our building had tested positive. Though everyone is fine there, the apartment has been sealed. I decided to shift to a friend’s house in Tollygunge so that I can continue working,” Mittra said.

Mittra also started driving to the studio by herself. “In the new normal world, I have gone behind the wheels. Wearing gloves and masks all the time isn’t easy. One sweats a lot. At times, I can’t even hear dialogue cues when I have a mask on,” Mittra said.

Solanki Roy has replaced child actor six-year-old Meghan Chakraborty in “Prothoma Kadambini”
According to Arabinda Dasgupta, vice-president of the television wing of SVF Entertainment that produces five serials, replacing actors in quarantine can never be an option. “While shooting, we are prepared for actors falling ill or getting injured. When we were shooting for ‘Durga’, the lead actor was down with chicken pox for 21 days. We managed by using a body double after changing the track,” Dasgupta said.

Meanwhile, the industry is abuzz with rumours of actor Anamika Chakraborty from the season two of “Ekhane Akash Neel” being replaced since her house is now in the containment zone. Quashing the rumours, the serial’s producer Nishpal Singh said, “At the moment, she has not been replaced. She is in quarantine for 14 days. The original track was such that one would see less of her soon. That would have happened two days later if we had stuck to the original schedule. But with her being quarantined now, we had to bring ahead that track.”

However, protagonists have been replaced keeping in mind the guidelines for child actors. “From this weekend, we shall show new episodes of ‘Prothoma Kadambini’ with Solanki Roy playing the young Kadambini. Solanki has replaced six-year-old Meghan Chakraborty. That track was supposed to come in later, but has now been brought ahead,” Dasgupta said.
Source:Times of India

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