Is the film industry in a crisis?

Salman Khan in a still from Radhe. Photo Credit: Twitter

The film industry in India has been going through the worst crisis ever. Due to lockdown, theatres have been closed more than seven months. With no theatrical business for such a long time, some of the theatres have been permanently closed in few parts of the country and many of them working in theatres have lost their jobs. The central government needs to look into this and ensure that permissions for theatres to open all over the country are given by all the state governments. We are going through the Covid-19 pandemic in the country but the other industries have been allowed to open now. The film industry can’t be an exception.

We also know of other challenges that films are made by most producers by taking loans or mortgages. If the film shooting is in progress or to be released, our producers are in a lot of financial stress. Many of them have taken the route of OTT platforms to release their films. The OTT platforms have been a boon for producers during the pandemic time. The theatre owners are going to suffer from this. The worst part is most big films have taken the route of OTT platforms except Rohit Shetty’s ‘Sooryavanshi’, Kabir Khan’s ‘83’ and Salman Khan’s ‘Radhe’. If the theatres open also, you don’t have many movies to release. The theatre owners can run old movies but will you have enough takers for that?

Post Sushant Singh Rajput death, the film industry has been under lots of criticism for nepotism from media and social media. The film industry has been garnering a lot of negativity on special privileges given to star kids and unfair treatment to outsiders. Social media has been making a lot of attacks on Bollywood stars. The new film trailers of star kids have been getting a lot of dislikes from the people in the country. The film industry has been divided into two groups who are making statements on Twitter against each other. It is being shown in a bad light by industry people like Kangana Ranaut, Vivek Agnihotri, Shekhar Suman, Shekhar Kapoor, etc.

The drug scandal has hit the film industry in both Bollywood and Sandalwood. We have also had arrests in these. We are getting to hear from Kangana Ranaut that 90% of people in the film industry take drugs. The film industry is looked upon as an institution by the youth of our society. The drug peddlers need to be arrested and put behind bars. Film industry people involved in taking drugs also need to be arrested and also need to be put in rehabilitation centres. We also need to understand why film industry people are taking drugs. Is it because of too much box office performance pressure? The life of actors is not very easy because your career depends on love of the audience.

The real challenge is that the film industry lacks unity and the media has taken advantage of it brilliantly. The groupism of the film industry is being used against each other. The mainstream media of the country is only talking about Bollywood problems from the last three months where we have other challenges in the country like increasing numbers in Covid, economic issues, India-China war like emergency and increasing unemployment. Today the mainstream media have their own agenda and favoritism in their political ideologies. The film industry is under a deepening crisis and to come over it, it will take a lot of time. We need to clean the system and don’t encourage drugs, casting couch, etc. We want opportunities to become easier for outsiders in the film industry. Film lovers will have to come and support the industry for revival and bringing them in good stead.

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