It’s been a while that we have been ‘locked’ within our homes. The mood has been a mixed bag too. It is shows like The Kapil Sharma Show that has been helping us bring the laughter and make the environment light. Kapil Sharma has returned to television with new episodes after months of lockdown. The show is one of the most entertaining (talk) shows for the audience. It has also become a very high-in-demand promotional platform for the Hindi film industry with cast of films joining the show to promote their films on a regular basis.
These shows have been enjoying enormous popularity and suddenly the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic created havoc. The pandemic has brought the world on its knees; it has impacted the entertainment industry hard too. The entire Film & Television industry have come to a grinding halt.
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The infection numbers have been pouring in everyday but with the unlock process being brought in there have been news of producers getting back to their shootings with the ‘new shooting rules’ in place. Social distancing, masks, sanitization, temperature checkups, et al. Kapil Sharma had announced about TKSS beginning its shoot.
Here are a few observations from the first episode of the TKSS. These could be sample case as others might be facing this in various forms.
The new normal
The show begins with a small behind-the-scenes. Everyone and everything are sanitized, people have to pass through the sanitization tunnel, the crew is all suited up in PPE kits. The set on the whole is sprayed with the sanitizers.
The show where people have been joining from across the country and overseas too as audience is now changed. The only live audience on the sets is the crew with the PPE kits on and the performers. The audience is replaced by printed backdrop of the audience with the laughter & claps playing from recordings.
The show is all about scripted & impromptu humour/comedy gags. With no audience and minimalistic crew, most of the gags involve the on-stage music team, the crew and of course Archana Puran Singh. The difference was visible but the way the situation is handled by the team is commendable.
The good and not-so-good part is the virtual audience. Since there are restrictions, the producers chalked out an alternative plan to engage audience through video conferencing. This could actually be a blessing in disguise for both the parties. The show could reach far and wide and audience from any geography could get an opportunity. In turn increasing the popularity of the show. The downside being the lack of the impromptu gags with the audience and the reactions.
While everyone could remain safe in the confinements of their homes and the crew in their PPE kits, it is the performers, especially the artists facing the cameras who face the risk. Kapil Sharma had shared a behind-the-scene with a funny intent, but the fact remains that the make-up artists, etc. can cover themselves with masks, etc. what about Kapil and other artists. They have no alternative to make up and cannot remain covered.
So, this brings to fore yet another worry of getting back to shootings but risking to exposure to infection too. Though the crew would be very well taken care of but who knows from where and how the virus may strike.
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It’s not just that these artists are looking at getting back to professional commitments, they are also risking their wellbeing.
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