Punjabi music trade limping again amid COVID-19 pandemic

Chandigarh, August 4

With the Punjabi music trade dealing with main money circulate challenges with dwell performances and recordings being hit probably the most by the coronavirus pandemic, the trade—with longer delays being much more devastating—is limping again with methods to monetize music consumption.

For Punjabi music video director Navi Lubana, the  ban on mass gatherings and dwell streaming is unlikely to be reversed till 2021. So it is time to return to enterprise amid well being protocols to have interaction the followers digitally.

He launched his 25th directorial four-and-a-half minute music ‘Giddha’ that includes Canada-based Elly Mangat and Afsana Khan on July 18 that attracted practically 3.Three million dwell viewers.

“The Punjabi music and film industry is facing insolvency. Job losses have been reported on a mass scale with small-time artistes and part-time shooting crew the worst hit,” he mentioned.

“The ‘Giddha’ song was recorded in a day with the minimum crew in a heritage property in Ropar. The present norms are limited only to indoor shooting and the scenes are to be adjusted within the new circumstances,” he mentioned.

In the pre-Covid days, the crew energy was normally 75 to 100. “Now we have to limit less than 50.” Lubana, 29, earlier directed songs that includes singers like Shehnaz Gill and Sultan.

Chandigarh-based Punjabi movie critic Sapan Manchanda advised IANS that the trade with an annual turnover of Rs 300-Rs 400 crore was the worst hit by the pandemic.

Contrary to the single-track movies, he mentioned  movies had been very badly hit.

“On an average 40-45 Punjabi films are produced in a year. The working schedule of a Punjabi film is from March to December owing to foggy weather in the plains in the winter. This year only two films were released in March and after that there was no release. There was no shooting of a film,” he mentioned.

“With cinema halls shut, the coronavirus has threatened the box office numbers of upcoming releases that were shot before the pandemic with a budget that can go up to Rs 5 crore,” he mentioned.

Music venues have been closed since mid-March, and the federal government has not allowed the return of dwell performances.

Trade insiders say no less than 70 per cent of the technical crew within the Punjabi movie trade are each day wagers, they usually have been badly affected.

To assist the trade tide over the grim interval of zero income through the lockdown, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on July 23 permitted detailed tips for taking pictures of movies and music movies throughout Unlock 2.0, with a restriction of 50 individuals on the taking pictures venue.

Singer Ranjit Bawa and actors Gippy Grewal and Gurpreet Ghuggi have thanked the Chief Minister for accepting their request.

“No film has so far announced its shooting schedule. But a few music video directors have come forward with the fresh state guidelines and started shooting songs,” a commerce insider advised IANS.

Upbeat over the federal government’s choice, energetic Lubana, who began his profession in showbiz by strolling on a ramp whereas finding out at California State University, mentioned he has plans to direct two music movies this month at areas throughout Punjab.

He mentioned within the absence of Punjabi movies output, followers are taking part in music movies.

State Special Chief Secretary (Home) Satish Chandra mentioned the state has issued complete tips granting permission to shoot movies and music movies, topic to sure circumstances.

The tips stipulate that the period of taking pictures must be restricted to the minimal potential time and less than 50 individuals must be current.

Shooting would start solely in any case individuals concerned are thermally scanned and cleared.

In order to keep away from crowding, satisfactory variety of view-cutters and enforcement of crowd management by non-public safety personnel must be ensured. IANS

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