With the coronavirus outbreak continuing to wreak havoc in global economies, the Indian film industry is going through its biggest challenges yet with a number of films being hit with major losses.
Mumbai Mirror reports that the sets built to shoot Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Thalaivi’ in Hyderabad and Chennai have not been used for the past six weeks, which are leading to losses. If the lockdown continues into June, the monsoon season will ruin the sets further, which will incur losses of around Rs. 5 crore.
Producer Shailesh R Singh said, “We need to wrap up the film before the rains hit. Since they are outdoor set-up, they will be ruined in the monsoon. Reconstructing the set will be an expensive affair.” “Our team’s safety is our priority. We had paid [the studio] for March, but were unable to shoot for a single day in Hyderabad. It’s uncertain when the lockdown will be lifted. Even if we get a 10-day window, we will finish shooting the outdoor portions.”
‘Thalaivi’ is based on the life of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who passed away in 2016.