By- Dikhyaa Mohanty
The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world’s most profitable movie(Pain to linger for Bollywood, Ollywood even after lockdown lifting) industry to a halt. Movie theatres have been shuttered, production companies have called offshoots, and film studios have delayed releases.
The entertainment industry(Pain to linger for Bollywood, Ollywood even after lockdown lifting) which includes Ollywood is majorly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic that has spread its tentacles around the world.
About 9,500 theatres and business at multiplexes and single-screen cinemas are been shut down. Even Bollywood termed the world’s most prolific film industry has been affected badly.
Even before the lockdown went into effect, film companies in Odisha(Pain to linger for Bollywood, Ollywood even after lockdown lifting) had already announced that they would suspend film and TV shoots. Not even the release of the movies but the movies which were still in the production process were adversely afflicted.
It will have an unpropitious impact on business, hitting the producers and the actors. Even for the crew & other supporting staff, working will also be affected because they are daily wage earners.
When shooting gets cancelled, it hits them financially because they plan their life according to what they earn. The scenario after the lockdown is lifted will be even worse. Even if movie theatres(Pain to linger for Bollywood, Ollywood even after lockdown lifting) do reopen at some time, they will continue to lose money if they are unable to seat full crowds.
The social distancing norms are being followed as the number of COVID-19 patients is increasing day by day. If the cinema halls selling the tickets based on social distancing, it will reduce the capacity because for every seat which is sold they need to keep one vacant.
This may result to reduce the capacity to 50 per cent which will be to the detriment of big-budget movies.
Such dim prospects, after the lockdown is lifted, threaten the box-office takings that makeup 60 per cent of industry earnings, which resulting in big-budget films and extravagant shoots that can be shelved.
Although the shooting of a small screen has been resumed with essential precautions like using masks, sanitizers, and maintaining social distancing, there will be more rationalization, cooperation, empathy, and consideration of the long-term health of the film industry.