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Behavioural changes will seep in, says Nitesh Tiwari about filmmaking in the post-lockdown era

The Chhichhore (2019) director admitted that filmmakers will have to adapt to the new reality as physical distancing will continue to be the norm.

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Even as different film industry associations seek to find common ground and set safety protocols on how the industry should function once the lockdown is lifted, director Nitesh Tiwari believes there is likely to be a change in methods.

Tiwari, who recently directed commercials for Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC)'s upcoming season, told the Press Trust of India news agency, "Certain things should change, like you don’t need to often physically meet, like we do a lot of time. Like, if I’m writing with my writers, [then] I don’t need to meet them on a daily basis, I can meet them once a week and the remaining days we can do video calls and discuss."

The director added that the process of video-conferencing will continue to be preferred as the practice of physical distancing, in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, is likely to continue.

Recent reports suggest that several film industry associations are seeking to limit the number of crew present at shootings in the post-lockdown era. Tiwari, who shot the KBC promotional video by remotely directing Amitabh Bachchan, said, "Creatively it will get restrictive if we think this is going to be the norm, I don’t think this is going to be the new norm. This is temporary and we are finding the best solution in this temporary situation that we are in."

The filmmaker added, "If I am doing pre-production of my film, that time I will prefer to have a physical interaction than doing it on video call. And if I’m scheduling or doing something with my actors, this is something that can happen over video calls. So those behavioural changes will seep in. As far as filmmaking is concerned, I would like to go back to the old days."

The lockdown is currently in place till 17 May, but there has been no word from industry associations on when shootings and post-production work can resume.