Film shoots across the country were shut down for over two months.
On June 5, Bangladesh Film Directors' Association and Bangladesh Film Producers' Association permitted production houses to resume shooting, maintaining strict conditions and health guidelines. While some actors have started shooting, many have not returned to work yet.
Recently, popular actors Bappy Chowdhury and Adhora Khan began shooting for their upcoming film, Covid-19 in Bangladesh. Actor Airin also returned to work.
Renowned actor Misha Sawdagor is uncertain about how social distancing will be ensured and maintained on the sets. He is staying at home as of now.
As the President of Bangladesh Cholochitro Shilpi Samiti, he has been helping struggling artistes and crew members in this time of crisis. "I will not be resuming shooting this month," he says.
Popy has been staying in her hometown, Khulna, since the nationwide shutdown began. Many of her projects are on hold, but she has no plans of returning to work any time soon, due to safety concerns.
Similarly, Ferdous is spending time at home with his family. Few of his projects have been postponed, but he is not keen to resume shooting any time soon. "I hope that social distancing protocols are fully followed, once I return to work," says the actor.
As coronavirus cases are still on the rise, actors Bidya Sinha Mim and Siam Ahmed mentioned that they will not resume shooting yet. Actor Nirab is also not comfortable about returning to the sets.
Popular Arifin Shuvoo is spending time at home, watching movies and focusing on his fitness. He hopes to return to work, once things get back on track.
On the other hand, actor Emon feels that shooting is possible if social distancing rules are properly maintained. He has been cast in the lead role in Ananta Jalil's upcoming film. The movie's shooting is scheduled to start soon.
Even though film shoots have resumed with certain conditions, it appears that many actors are not ready to return to the sets yet.