Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan has said that he hopes to return to the sets soon as the Maharashtra government allowed the film and TV industry to restart their production activities with Covid-19 protocols.
As part of the unlock measures issued by the government on June 5, the entertainment industry has been allowed to begin shoot with a 5 pm curfew time limit in a bio bubble amid all the necessary COVID-19 safety rules.
On his blog, Amitabh Bachchan wrote, “Maharashtra and Delhi seem to be in better shape .. the digits show a graph that slopes down and the release of the orders to relax some of the stringent measures has taken shape .. selected movements are permitted, but the precautions must be observed .. mask, distance, vaccinations, washing .. all to be in place ..and .. certain essential services have been opened up .. bars , parlours, restaurants with limited numbers 50% and also film work .. work till 4pm only .. after that no movements or work .. so some quick scheduling is taking place and in all probability its donning make up within a few days, and off to the studio.”
The actor said that the entire crew of his upcoming film GoodBye has been vaccinated and extreme precautions are being taken by the team.
“My own entire shooting unit, that shall be starting work on my film GoodBye in a few, have all been vaccinated by the Production, and extreme precautions are in place to maintain precaution .. every set room is sanitised after every short break and they that report for work are tested before they can enter the studio .. and every other day random tests are done ; the infected blocked and sent home or to Hospital, immediately,”
Goodbye went on floors on April 2, but had to stop production in April due to the second wave of the pandemic. The film is directed by Vikas Bahl. Produced by Balaji Telefilms and Reliance Entertainment production, the film also features south star Rashmika Mandanna and veteran actor Neena Gupta as Amitabh’s wife.
Big B further informed about his contribution to COVID-19 relief work. “The Oxygen Concentrators ordered from overseas have arrived and almost 50 of them have been distributed out to Hospitals that look after patients free of cost .. some of it shall be going tomorrow to the Care Centre we opened at Rithambara School, which we initiated with a 25 bed facility, and hope to add another 50 beds to it. Almost 150 oxygen concentrators that were designated for the Gurudwaara facility in Delhi , and that I had managed to import from Poland, have already been cleared and are in operation at the facility, and this is most heartening,” he wrote.
He continued, “5 Ventilators , of the 20 other ordered – an equipment that has had great difficulty in procuring – have arrived and we are sending them to some of the prominent Hospitals that do exemplary work in treating the very poor and needy .. each drop counts and all of us are dedicated in doing our best .. though huge amounts of the necessary needs are in position or in manufacturing and shall soon make it feasible for our needs .. private manufacturers are in the midst of producing the required Vaccines in the multiple crores / millions, and all of us are taking personal interest in seeing that our own private facilities as also the Manufacturing facilities in their factories are vaccinating all the employees, to get the numbers adding on each hour.”
Earlier in the day, Big B also shared pictures on Instagram and asked people to follow COVID-19 rules by wearing a mask. While he struggled with sharing the complete picture on Instagram, he wrote, “mask pehne rehna bhai ..please (Keep wearing the mask, please)”
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On the work front, Amitabh Bachchan recently announced that he will be a part of the Deepika Padukone starrer The Intern. The Big B will be taking the place of Rishi Kapoor who was earlier supposed to play the role. The film is a remake of the 2015 Hollywood hit of the same name, starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.
Apart from this, he will be seen in Rumi Jafry’s psychological suspense drama Chehre, which also stars actor Emraan Hashmi and Rhea Chakraborty. BIG B has films like ‘Jhund‘, ‘Brahmastra‘, ‘Goodbye‘, ‘May Day‘ and several others in the pipeline.