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  • COVID impact: Shooting of Kannada serials and reality shows suspended till May 25 - As Karnataka continues to grapple with the second wave of Coronavirus, the state government has announced a complete lockdown from May 10 to May 25, which will also suspend all shooting related activities for a period of 15 days.
  • No new shoots and not enough banked episodes has Kannada TV industry in a fix
A year ago, when the whole nation went into lockdown owing to the pandemic, the showbiz industry suffered majorly, with many TV shows going off air and being replaced with dubbed content. In the time since relaxations came in, allowing for production of TV and cinema content, the industry has been making baby steps to recovery, but the enormity of the second wave of the pandemic has put the brakes on that. This time around, although the state government has not outright forbid TV shoots, a large section of Kannada show makers are voluntarily suspending activities, keeping in mind the safety of everyone involved. The problem with that, though, is that many of them are at risk of running out of banked episodes, and staring at an uncertain future.

  • The situation, compared to last year, is extremely grim. Parameshwar Gundkar, business head, Kannada cluster,
  • Colors Kannada, says, "This is not the time for me to think as a business head, I'd rather be a family member to everyone working for the channel. It becomes cruel to ask people to step out risking not only their lives, but that of their family members too. We do have a few episodes banked for some shows that will see us through till May 14. If you ask me what's next after that, I'm clueless. There are options of shooting in other states, but the situation is bad everywhere right now."
  • Kannada general entertainment channels are yet again banking on dubbed shows as the contingency plan, in case they run out of banked episodes of local content, as they need to cater to viewers.
  • Bhuvan Shastry, business head of Udaya TV, says, “For the next 15 days, we have fresh episodes to air, so there is no need to worry. If COVID cases don’t reduce by then and we don’t get permission to shoot, then we have to rely on dubbed shows or re-telecast the existing serials. We also have a good bank of movies to fall back on.”
  • Some of the dubbed shows that are ready to go on air are No 1 Sose and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, as well as the mythological show Jai Hanuman, which will get a second rerun.
  • Some serials have decided to go off air for some time. Sundari, which has Aishwarya Pisse in the lead role, is one such, as the team does not have banked episodes to continue right now.
  • A source from the channel says, “Sundari is being taken off air temporarily because of a lack of fresh content. It will be back on air once the current situation eases and shooting begins.”
  • One of the reality shows that has not been stopped yet is Bigg Boss Kannada.
  • "All safety precautions are in place for the contestants and crew, as we are shooting in a bio-bubble. The problem with a bubble is that it can burst, so we are being cautious. In fact, we haven’t shot for the weekend episodes in a while for the same reason and do not want to risk anyone's lives," says Parameshwar.

  • If the current situation continues for another month, many artistes may lose jobs, especially those working in serials with lower TRP ratings that may just be taken off air.
  • A young actor, on condition of anonymity, says, “These are unprecedented times for small-time actors. After the first lockdown, things were looking bright, as new serials had begun and shoots were happening in full swing. Right now, the future looks bleak for us, as respite from the pandemic is unlikely soon, which is affecting our work.”
  • Actor Darshak Gowda adds, "The situation is harsh. We have seen around 20 shows going off air last year, with many actors and technicians losing their jobs. The second wave is worse than anything we saw last year, but there are some people who need to worry about their bills and livelihood."
  • Actors Mohan and Charith Balappa recently announced that they were quitting their respective shows to prioritise safety of their families. Mohan's parents and son tested positive for COVID-19.
  • An actor says, “Apart from the current COVID situation, many actors are also quitting because of the drastic reduction in remuneration since the pandemic struck. In fact, many have not been paid in the last few months.”
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  • A press release issued by the Karnataka Television Association states, “In this hour of crisis, as a moral responsibility, we have decided to cancel the shooting of soap operas and reality shows. If anyone disobeys the order and continues to shoot in resorts or in any private place, stringent action would be taken against them as per the rule. After assessing the situation on May 25, we will take a call on resuming shooting.”
  • Director Guru Prasad of Paaru, says, “We stopped shooting a week ago. It is a good decision to suspend serial shootings, as life is more precious than work and money. Currently, we have enough banked episodes to last for the next 15 days. We don’t know what will happen post May 25, but we will abide by the government decision.”
  • Meanwhile, one of the biggest showbiz news breaks was the cancellation of the ongoing season of Bigg Boss Kannada. Business head of the channel, Parmeshwar Gundkal, took to social media to explain, “I feel emotionally overwhelmed looking at the 11 contestants in the house through these cameras. The contestants inside this house are unaware of the problems outside the house. They are all safe since they are isolated. Everyone will be informed about what’s going on outside the house and they will be safely taken to their respective homes.”

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