Actor Juhi Chawla has seen the trade change, from a time when the success of a movie was gauged by how many weeks it ran in theatres, to now when movies are getting a direct-to-OTT launch. It’s due to this fact apt to ask her take on what the way forward for the movie trade seems to be like, with so many pointers in place for resumption of shoots in Maharashtra amid the pandemic.
She provides a really sensible reply: “Like we realised in life that we don’t need so many frills and fancies, we might also realise that on a set we might not need 150 people, and essentially make the film with just half the number. It could be those kind of realisations.”
Her opinion is in line with the rule of 33 p.c crew. The 52-year-old goes down reminiscence lane to show her level.
“I was telling my family about the times when we travelled abroad for a shoot. Here, in India, on a set, we had a crew of about 100-115 people. When I went to shoot Darr (1993) in Switzerland, we had literally 32 people. We went there for a month, and 50 percent of it was shot there, maybe more. Could you tell the difference on-screen?,” she asks.
Chawla believes that work is all that issues, and if you actually get all the way down to work and push your self, “it helps get things done”.
She additional feedback why we used to see so many people on a movie set. “There’s an assistant, who wants another assistant, who wants one spot boy. Of course, there are projects that may require such numbers, but not always,” she provides.
From lockdown that was imposed to March, to now when Unlock 2.Zero is underway, although in Maharashtra, lockdown has been prolonged until July 31, Chawla admits having gone by a flurry of feelings.
“When it began, I was a little rattled, we’ve never experienced this. ‘Will there be food? Basic essentials?’ were some questions. But as days went by, I realised that even with just the basics, you can actually get back quite comfortable. I soon started to enjoy the fact that I didn’t have to do so many unnecessary things. Within a few days into the lockdown, the air in Mumbai was clean; it never looked greener, there were birds every morning. I was in bliss,” concludes the actor.
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