Akshay Kumar to travel to UK for Bellbottom shoot
Akshay will also be joined by co-stars Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta among others, and the technical crew
Akshay Kumar is set to fly out to the UK to start shooting for his upcoming film, Bellbottom. He will be joined by co-stars Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta. The unit will be travelling to the UK in August for a start-to-finish schedule.
The producers are chartering a flight to fly the entire unit, along with medical facilities. They are said to be ensuring elaborate safety and precautionary measures for the entire crew. Along with medical-grade masks and face shields, the production house will also make it mandatory for all cast and crew to wear a wristwatch that will constantly monitor their oxygen levels, body temperature, blood pressure, stress levels and pulse. A centralised dashboard will constantly record the parameters of the entire unit.
"The new normal has made us realise a different way of working that none of us could have imagined. As much as I'm happy to be back on the sets, it's also important for us to take care of everything around us," said Akshay.
The on-set guidelines also include maintaining social distancing of at least six feet wherever possible. The set will have hand-sanitising stations, and all surface areas and equipment will be disinfected frequently using alcohol-based sanitisers before and after every shoot.
"From a doctor on the set at all times to keeping the entire set disinfected at all times, safety first is our mantra. It's a challenge but it makes Bellbottom even more special for all of us," said producer Jackky Bhagnani.
The retro-drama is one of the first films to announce resumption of its shooting schedule after the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
Bellbottom director Ranjit M Tewari said, "It is going to be a challenging shoot given the circumstances, but I am extremely confident of the health and safety protocols put in place. Every member of the Bellbottom family is exhilarated and geared up to kickstart work."
Producer Deepshikha Deshmukh added, "Medical waste is a big issue and we are taking all possible steps to make sure we are an environmentally conscious film unit."
Production designers Amit Ray and Subrata Chakraborty feel "it is a challenging time to shoot a film," but look at it as a "creative challenge."
The spot boy team for the film and the technical crew are in sync with the new on-set precautions. Sushant, head of the spot boy team, said, "Hum sab ko samjhaya gaya hai ki set par jaane se pehle aur set par kya kya precaution lena hai. Sab log kaam par jaane kay liye utsuk hain (It has been explained to us what precautions we need to take before going on the set and on the set. We all are excited to go back to work)."
Inspired by true events, the film is set in 1980s and is about one of India's forgotten heroes. It is written by Aseem Arrora and Parveez Shaikh, and scheduled for release on April 2, 2021.