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Opinion : New Corona normal with films, festivals and life by Tariq Umar Khan

Opinion : New Corona normal with films, festivals and life by Tariq Umar Khan

Tariq Umar Khan
Opinion : New Corona normal with films, festivals and life by tariq Umar Khan

The graph of the active case of Corona is going down in the country and people have started taking care. It is the festival season, there is also a rush for shopping in the market but one needs to be more careful during this time. 

With the world at a standstill because of Covid-19, India’s Hindi film industry is seeing abandoned film sets, closed cinemas and movie stars with empty diaries. BBC Asian Network’s Haroon Rashid reports on the impact on Bollywood.

This time last month, Bollywood fans around the world were excited. The latest instalment of director Rohit Shetty’s super-cop universe was set to hit the screens on 24 March. The makers of Sooryavanshi were expecting massive box office numbers because the release had been strategically planned to coincide with a national holiday in India.

Instead, the country went into a 21-day lockdown that day to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Do not take the children to the market, celebrate with the party family because the corona spreads differently in different places

The Great Indian Festivals

During festivals you go out to meet your relatives, friends and party, do not do all that. It would be better to have virtual parties, virtual meetings this year, because there is a risk of infection from the crowd. If shopping is the case, then at this time, prefer online shopping.

Always wear a mask. Keep hands clean. Social distancing is to be maintained. If you have a cough, cold, or sore throat, immediately isolate yourself. These things have to be taken care of during festival time. If you do not take precautions, you can infect others as well as family members. Discover the joys of the festival among the householders, in decorating your house, in home cooking, because it is not right to meet others.

Sometimes droplets fall down after one yard. But it depends where you are. If you are in a closed area, then the droplets will stay in the air for a long time, and the chances of infection are high, the open space is less likely. The distance it will go also depends on the place. It has been found that they can go up to three to four yards.

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For Film industry its a shock wave

Delhi-based exhibitor Sanjay Mehta, however, thinks there are several factors — not just COVID-19 — “The low pre-Diwali period and exams have come in the way ,” he says. The law and order, violence and protests have affected business in Delhi; the late evening and night shows — largely patronised by Muslims — are running empty in Uttar Pradesh.

According to Mr. Mehta, things will come to a head if things go out of control in the weeks ahead and if the government decides to shut down theatres temporarily. He remembers the case of a film Main Khiladi Tu Anari distributed by him back in 1994. “It started off at 100% collection. On the 6th day, the Delhi government ordered cinema closure due to a plague scare. The film couldn’t gather the same momentum when the theatres reopened,” he remembers.


The recovery rate has increased, but this does not mean that the corona is over. The corona was almost over in many countries, now a second wave of epidemics is coming. Whether or not a third wave will come after this, no one can say.

Corona is not a virus, it is a group of viruses that spread differently in different places. Somewhere, too many people get infected, far fewer. These viruses are also mutates. They come in another form at intervals of few months. Can’t tell how Kovid-19 will behave. Whether it will go or not, it is not known. That is why vaccine will be needed.

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