All Bollywood movie shooting and any outdoor activities have been canceled since the Govt announced the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Been been almost 2 months and everything has come under a halt and many are waiting for the lockdown to end so that the business could go back to normal.
Now since the last announced of certain relaxations by the govt, news of Akshay Kumar shooting for an awareness ad made it to social media. According to the sources it was said that Akshay Kumar and R Balki on Monday shot for an advertisement campaign regarding the “post lockdown responsibilities” at Kamalistan studio while taking necessary precautions. Balki said the advertisement was for the Health Ministry and the team took all the necessary precautions, including wearing masks and working with minimal crew. “This is an ad for the health ministry featuring Akshay Kumar about the post lockdown responsibilities of each one of us. We need to get back to work but ensure our safety and those of others. So at our shoot, we did the same. “Like getting back to work with social distancing, sanitised outdoor set, disinfectant screen, masks. We got used to it in a few minutes. There were the minimal crew and very strict protocols,” as said by Balki.
The director, who has collaborated with Akshay in films like Padman and Mission Mangal, said the crew realized the shooting can be done “quite easily” following all the guidelines. “Anil Naidu, the producer, showed us how we can do the same shoot with fewer people with maximum safety ensured. Of course, we had all the permissions of police etc. We needed to do this as this messaging was extremely important,” he added. According to pictures and videos doing the rounds from the sets, the crew had to pass through a disinfection tunnel, post which they were handed masks, face shields, and had their temperature checked by medical personnel in PPE suits.