Normal has a new definition in the world today with the Coronavirus pandemic, and the case is no different for the Indian television industry. While makers are struggling to shoot with a limited crew and actors are risking their safety, hosts like Bharti Singh too, are facing their own struggles.
One of the most loved comedians of the small screen, Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa have resumed shooting for India’s Best Dancer. Opening about her reservations on starting shoots and that too without an audience, Singh said that it was not as difficult and awkward as she thought it would be.
Opening up about all the safety measures that are being taken and their repercussions, Bharti Singh quipped that it took her over 10 minutes to reach the stage from her vanity. Speaking to Pinkvilla, the comedian said, “It has been very good. The first day was so good, it felt nice to be on stage after so many months. All the precautionary measures are being taken. Imagine it took me 10 minutes to move from my vanity to the stage because footprint lines were made to maintain social distancing. Temperatures and oximeters are checked. There is a tunnel made for sanitiser and we are asked to fill a form wherein there is a checklist to ascertain if we are not coming from the red zone or if we have any health issues.”
Further, explaining the process of hair and make and the safety protocols being followed on the sets, Bharti Singh revealed even in the vanity vans only one person was being allowed. “Even in the vanity room, only one person was allowed with us. If makeup is being done, hair is asked to sit out and vice versa. Packed food was given to everyone, hygiene was the utmost priority. Everyone was in a mask and were maintaining distance which gave me relief. Thoda tension-free hui mai. We are working with a small crew, I think now we have to work like this for some time and defeat Coronavirus. We did not think that we would be able to pull this off with a small crew and no audience but we got appreciated that we managed despite all of this.”
Well, it certainly is good to see things returning to normalcy amid these testing times. But we also hope and pray for the safety and health of all those actors and technicians who are out there.