Mumbai: The nationwide
shutdown called by opposition parties Thursday against rising
prices and inflation forced the television industry here to take a
day off spelling extra work and losses for many producers.
The director of "Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya" could not shoot his
second schedule because of transportation problem.
"We are just shooting for two to three hours as we had to do some
patch up work for tonight's (Thursday night) show. We are falling
short of technicians we can't shoot any which way. We are just
shooting some final scenes for the show to be telecast today,"
Arvind Gupta told IANS.
He further added: "Our second shoot has been cancelled because of
transportation problem. The loss could be estimated at Rs.4 lakh
per show. It is such a pain. Not just we, the entire country faces
a loss due to the bandh."
Other industry insiders agreed with Gupta and said that per day
losses come to about the same.
Most of the technicians depend upon autorickshaws and buses to
commute to work and due to the shutdown, it became difficult for
them to travel.
Vikram Labhe, director of "Ek Hazaron Mein Meri Behna Hai", told
IANS: "The reason behind not working today was especially for the
sake of technicians. They are completely dependent on rickshaws
and buses. With major transportation issues today, we didn't want
to mess up."
He claims they had to bear losses. However, he refused to reveal
"Obviously we have to face loss from the productions point of
view. Now, we will have to work extra one day to deliver the next
episode, which was scheduled to be shot today," said Vikram.
Sabyasachi Banerjee, director of popular show "Uttaran", which is
aired on prime time on Colors, says it's bad news for those who
work on daily wages.
"We had to face a major loss as we have labourers who work on
daily wages. I feel sad for them. Besides we also have a target of
delivering 22 episodes per month so now we will have to increase
our unit and work day and night to meet the deadline," he said.
Aakanksha Singh, the lead actress of "Na Bole Tum... Na Maine Kuch
Kaha", says this forced break means non-stop work for her.
"Because of the 'bandh' my schedule has become very hectic. Now, I
will be working for 24 hours," she said.
Ojaswi Oberoi, the lead actress of "Aasman Se Aage", is enjoying
the unexpected break but at the same time she is concerned about
the rising prices.
"I have got an off today and I am enjoying it. But on a serious
note, prices are increasing everyday... it's a major problem for
the common man," she said.