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Bollywood’s casting conundrum

Abhishek Bachchan

Many filmmakers and actors are in a quandary due to the unforeseen Covid-19. They had committed to a bevy of projects, but shooting had to be put on hold. And now the entire dynamics of the cast and crew has changed. Not only do the teams have to be smaller, in many cases, fresh cast and crew had to be selected too.

“Covid is the biggest problem the industry has faced so far. While producers, distributors, exhibitors have all faced huge losses due to films not being released, creativity has also been hit. Karan Johar’s massive film Takht had to be put on the back burner and has shown no signs of restarting even after a year-and-a-half, because it is extremely difficult to get such a star cast in place again. We will have to wait and see whether he manages to make it with the same cast or has to change it.

 

The latest casualty is the Hindi remake of Ayyapanum Koshiyum, which was to go on the floors this year with John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan. The latter’s…

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