The showbiz is among the many industries adversely affected because of the coronavirus pandemic. The entertainment industry came to a screeching halt in mid-March and is resuming now almost after four months.
With a month of careful planning, Pooja Entertainment becomes Bollywood’s first production house off the block to shoot the complete schedule of its much-awaited big-budget spy thriller titled Bell Bottom with Akshay Kumar as the main lead.
The team associated with the film is all set for an extended shooting beginning soon by using the latest technology. The production house has made it mandatory for the cast and crew to wear medical-grade masks and face shields after consulting medical experts. Apart from that, it is also mandatory for them to wear a wristwatch that will constantly monitor their body temperature, blood pressure, oxygen levels, stress levels, and pulse. A centralized dashboard will actively record the entire unit’s parameters and will keep tabs for any changes in readings.
Speaking of the same, Jackky Bhagnani asserted that a producer of the film, the health of his cast and crew is of utmost importance. Bhagnani said, “I am truly grateful to Akshay Sir without whom this film and this shoot would have been impossible. He is a rock and our guiding light. It is only after every department and every individual was assured of the measures taken that we are embarking on this journey. From a doctor on the set at all times to keep the entire set disinfected at all times, safety first is our mantra. It’s a challenge but it makes Bellbottom even more special for all of us.”
On the other hand, the main lead of the film, Akshay Kumar said that the new normal has made everyone realise a different way of working that none of us could have thought of. He also expressed his happiness to back on sets and placed emphasis on how important it is to take care of everything around us.
Khiladi Kumar then added that he hopes that these measures help them accomplish a smooth and safe shoot.
The makers of Bell Bottom twill also adhere to the new guidelines while on set. The guidelines include- maintaining a social distance of 6 feet wherever possible, hand sanitizing will be made available throughout the set area. The makers will also regularly disinfect surface areas and equipment using alcohol-based sanitizers before and after every shoot.
Earlier there were speculations that Akshay Kumar will fly to London post the lockdown to kick-start the shooting of the film. However, the makers have not confirmed the same.
Helmed by Ranjit M Tiwari, Bell Bottom also features Vaani Kapoor as the main lead opposite Akshay Kumar.