The second wave of Covid-19 is already having a huge impact on Tollywood. Already, several film shoots have been postponed after some of the crew members tested positive, and the films under production are shooting under strict Covid-19 SOPs and guidelines.
With the number of positive cases rising to more than 5000 in Telangana and 7500 in Andhra Pradesh on a daily basis, many say that it’s just a matter of time before the occupancy is cinema halls is reduced to 50%. As a precautionary measure, the theatrical release of several big budget films have been postponed to a later date.
The severity of second wave of Covid-19 has had a massive impact on the healthcare system, and health experts have been cautioning people to take care of themselves and wear a mask, practice social distancing at all times. Given a situation like this, where the daily cases in India are expected to touch 3 lakhs per day, it’s going to take some time for people to come back to cinema halls in big numbers. And many film productions are either stalled or rescheduling their shoots depending on the availability of dates of artistes and travel restrictions.
All this is bound to reflect on the work flow of projects and theatrical business of films, and there is going to be a big task to figure out the release dates once the situation gets normal. One can only hope that the Telugu film industry will stand on its feet soon, but at the moment, everyone is clearly feeling the pinch.
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