New normal of telly town

Shooting for TV serials will begin this month albeit with precautions and changes to scripts

By Author  |  Published: 16th Jun 2020  7:40 pm

Those who like to binge-watch their favourite Telugu TV shows can now breathe a sigh of relief as the shooting for entertainment industry has been given the go-ahead by the State government. Actors and the production crew will start working on pending episodes and variety programmes after a gap of two long months, albeit with precautions.

The Telugu Television Association has secured permission from the State government to begin work at full speed so that part of the serials can begin airing new shows by month-end.

Veteran TV actor, director and producer Prabhakar Podakandla says, “The pandemic has brought about a lot of change in the way we work. We are strictly following the government guidelines, and taking all the necessary measures. Close to Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 is being spent on sanitisers and PPE kits for the makeup artiste and production boys. Mask is a must for everybody on set.” He also admits that to maintain social distance, they have tweaked the scripts.

“Earlier, a minimum of eight to 14 people used to be shown on-screen, but now, it will only be four people to avoid more people on the sets. In some way, we have got to learn discipline through this pandemic,” says Prabhakar, who is currently working in two serials for Maa TV. For actors, there is a lot to think about when returning to work as it requires them to be in close proximity to fellow actors and support staff.

“It’s been almost three months now since we are going back to work. I’m worried about the present situation, but we can’t avoid this for a long time. The best thing to do is take precautions and start working. My director has given me the dates for June 19 and 20. I will now carry an extra bag for the used costumes and my own makeup kit as I’m particular about that,” says TV actor Preethi Nigam who is working in the serial Gruhalaxmi on Maa TV and çin ETV.

The serial Thoorpu Padamara which airs on Zee TV set is ready to go on sets from this month and director KV Reddy has informed the entire unit to gear up for the shoot. “We are well-prepared for the shoot. Doctors and nurses will be present on the sets. We are trying do the shoot with less number of members. Everybody will carry their own lunch box. We are trying to avoid scenes like marriages that require a large number of people,” says KV Reddy.

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