The lockdown brought India to a standstill and it was no different for the entertainment industry. With the government banning public congregations, cinema halls got closed and even shoots were stopped. This meant that we saw no film releases and even Salman Khan’s customary Eid release did not happen. We had to make do with reruns of old shows as makers could not shoot for fresh episodes. Here is a look at what we missed out on in these six months…
Every year, the month of January is crowded with award shows. This year, we had only a couple of them. As the government announced a ban on crowding, all of them got cancelled. We missed out on all the red carpet drama.
No Eid release
Over the past few years, we have been used to seeing a Salman Khan release on Eid. This year, fans were in for a colossal disappointment as Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai could not release in theatres. We don’t know when the movie will hit the cinema halls.
Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi was supposed to release on March 24, 2020. The trailer received a thunderous response from the masses and classes. However, the pandemic meant a delay in the release. Ranveer Singh’s ’83 was supposed to come in April but now it will come in Christmas. Other films like Gulabo Sitabo, Shakuntala Devi, Dil Bechara are coming on OTT platforms.
The pandemic meant that shoots of TV shows were also stalled. We did not get to see fresh episodes for almost three months. Channels started running popular old shows to compensate for it. The biggest successes were mythological shows as people were glued to them in these testing times. They got staggering TRPs. Ramayan broke all records and how.
Zero fashion spotting
The fashion police was literally rendered jobless as there were no spotting of the stars either at the airport, parties or promotions. Actors did not step out for days. We missed the times when we saw people without masks. The only ray of hope were some TV actresses who did some fab photo sessions at home. We also need that kind of motivation in life.