Are filmmakers making a mockery of the situation by rushing to register Corona in their movie titles?
They say change is the only constant thing in this life. And also life is very unpredictable. It was only a few months back when we all were eagerly looking forward to the end of 2019 and the start of a new decade. Because everyone thought that the beginning of a new decade will bring a ray of hope.
Now we are just three months into 2020 and there’s not a single day when the thought of the world coming to an end doesn’t cross our mind. The outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus has already created a sense of panic. However, while the world is panicking about their lives our Bollywood filmmakers have rather more pressing issues to take care of. Yes, they have made a beeline to register ‘corona’ in their film titles.
Eminent production houses have already registered titles like ‘Corona Pyaar Hai’ and ‘Deadly Corona’. I am wondering if this is a smart move or just a mockery of the testing times the country is facing right now!
The title ‘Corona Pyaar Hai’ has been registered by Eros International. This title is nothing but a funny take on Hrithik Roshan and Ameesha Patel starrer ‘Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’ that released in 2000. Reportedly the production house is currently in the scripting stage as talking about ‘Corona Pyaar Hai’, Krishika Lulla of Eros International told Times of India, “Currently the scripting is going on. The subject (of the epidemic) is going to be set in a love story. Currently, we are fine-tuning the script and are waiting for things to subside, as things have come to a standstill now. Once everything is normal, we will start the project in full swing.”
Filmmakers and actors in Hollywood are working towards helping the government in using effective measures that ensure curbing the spread of the deadly virus. And here our filmmakers are scratching heads to come up with the best titles surrounding Corona.
This is not just the first case, as reportedly Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association has already registered another title ‘Deadly Corona’. Don’t you think trying to cash on catastrophe is little insensitive?
And we have witnessed the same kind of rush when Article 370 was revoked in Jammu & Kashmir recently and prior to that when Pulwama Attack had happened. At that time filmmakers had made a beeline to register titles like ‘Abhinandan’, ‘The Air Strike Of Pulwama’, ‘India Strikes Back’, ‘Surgical Strike 2.0′.
Also while the rest of the world will make a sci-fi drama on natural disasters, our Bollywood filmmakers will never look past love stories inserted in any given real-life incident or catastrophe. When are we going to stop unnecessarily plugging love stories in each and every genre?
Making films on the real-life incident is not uncommon or bizarre but when you make a film on a catastrophe just to take advantage of the situation then nothing can be more heartless than that. This is the time when influential people should use power in their hand to help everyone combat the situation in a better way. But unfortunately, it looks like these filmmakers’ priorities are set and that certainly does not include understanding the sensitivity or the severity of the situation at hand.