Bollywood filmmakers are rushing to register coronavirus based titles. Eros International has already grabbed the name Corona Pyaar Hai, a spin on Hrithik Roshan-Amisha Patel’s 2000 film Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai.
Producer Krishika Lulla of Eros told a leading national daily that they are currently scripting the film and will start working on it once the situation is stable. She added that the subject of the epidemic is set in a love story.
Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA) also confirmed with the daily that there have been several others who have registered the title with the word ‘corona’. A source said that one filmmaker had already booked the name Deadly Corona.
After Delhi, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu and parts of Maharashtra have also called for a shutdown on theatres till the month end, to contain the virus that has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
IFTDA President Ashoke Pandit said, “Corona virus pandemic has spread across the world and we have taken the decision to shut all shoots after a long meeting with all associations. All the associations and industries across India – North, South or any other regional – are with us in this decision”.
Upcoming releases like Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Toofan, Udham Singh, KGF: Chapter 2 and Sooryavanshi have also been postponed.