The pandemic has taken its toll on everything and television programs have not been spared either. Be it shows like ‘Durga’ that went off the air in three months or ‘Shaadi Mubarak’ that ended in just nine months.
Due to one or other factors, these daily soaps are wrapped in a few months and few have to change their filming locations. Covid-19 and the lockdown have posed several challenges for broadcasters, television producers, and actors in terms of the financial crisis and number of restrictions.
From the change of filming location to the return, there are still a series of protocols, cleanup jobs and financial burdens faced by the creators and actors of these daily soap operas.
For example, ‘Gupta Brothers’ on Star Bharat was a program in the closing phase. It started on October 5, 2020, and its final broadcast was on January 26, 2021. Unfortunately, like most shows, it also took place in the middle of the lockdown second phase despite having all the twists and turns. most important of the program.
Sonal Vengurlekar, one of the main actors of the daily soap opera, expresses his disappointment and says that actors always try to do their best for their projects, as it is also the only means of their bread and butter. But when it comes out of the air suddenly, a lot of things are affected.
Sonal shares about her difficult days: “I didn’t have enough money to pay my EMI for my new house and car. In fact, I had to break up all my mutual funds and mutual funds to sustain this phase. Recently, after a long gap, all my fees were paid. “
Therefore, the lockdown has definitely impacted the actors and they are forced to think of alternative business ideas to stay afloat financially.
It further adds: “The type of fees we used to charge has literally been reduced to 40-50 percent due to Covid. Nowadays, all auditions are done online, which doesn’t give that kind of boost that we used to get in the audition rooms of production houses. So I have to think of new ways to keep winning. “
For the new shows that started during this pandemic period, things were more difficult, as at one point they needed time to connect with the audience, and on the other hand, there were also financial obligations.
Like ‘Pavitra Bhagya’ that started at Colors last year ended in seven months.
Kunal Jaisingh, who was one of the show’s main leads, says that despite the beautiful story and wonderful cast, the series went off the air when the shootings stopped due to the shutdown.
He shares: “When the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic occurred, our outbreaks stalled. We lost our connectivity with the audience. It was a new program, so we were trying to make a place for ourselves among the viewers, but before it could happen, everything stopped. When we started again after the lockdown, no one was willing to see it again and we finally got off the air. “
Therefore, this is a period of dismay and dissatisfaction for many actors and producers as well. Despite all efforts to continue their programs, they often failed.
Another example that falls into the same category is the ‘Durga’ program that started on December 14, 2020 and ended in three months.
Actress Kajal Pisal, who was also among the all-star cast, feels there is constant pressure on the show from budget to TRP ratings and when these factors are not met, things end on a sour note.
She comments: “If it hadn’t been a pandemic, we might have had some time to prove ourselves, but in the current scenario, no one will give us a second chance. Since TV shows have actors of all ages, many times older actors and children couldn’t film, it really disturbed the whole track. Also, budgets have been cut in half and we have no one to blame except the situation. Currently, no one is willing to risk money and within three months the show is off the air. “
However, in the midst of all this period of crisis, many shows managed to continue changing their locations, planning properly, following all protocols and precautions. Says Sagar Parekh, who is one of the actors in ‘Tera Yaar Hoon Main’ at Sony SAB: “Even when we were filming outside of Mumbai, it was a nice experience. There is a saying that goes, “Hard times never last, but people do last.” Shooting times were different then and they are different now. We all must work hard to meet deadlines. It is better to focus on the positive things and everyone hopes that before the year is out we will return to our normal days. “
So of course things are getting back to normal, but it will take longer for these shows to regain monetary stability and continue to air.
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