The film industry has come to a complete standstill over fears of the Coronavirus. Artists are now staring at an indefinite break wherein they don’t know when they’ll be on a film set again. Many are using this forced break to spend time with family, catch up on movies and TV shows, and entertain people on Instagram. Film Companion will be checking in on artists to see how they’re coping with social distancing. We ask Gully Boy‘s Siddhant Chaturvedi what he’s been up to.
What’s your mind space right now?
Well for now, I’m just trying to enjoy the free time like everyone else and practice social distancing because that’s what the country needs right now.
How do you stay creatively motivated at times like this – when you don’t know when you’ll shoot again?
I’m keeping myself occupied – going through my scripts, practicing lines, working out, trying to follow my normal routines basically. But the most important thing is looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel, focusing on how social distancing will be a beneficial step for the greater good of our nation. That’s what I’m keeping in mind right now.
Are there things that you’ve put off for a while that you hope to do now?
Well, I’ve been busy traveling and shooting so now I’m just making the most of my time by staying home and spending time with my family and also catching up on shows and movies.
What’s on your binge list?
I am watching some old Hindi films, and mixing it up with some underrated shows-like Patriot on Amazon prime.
World over film shoots are stalled, theatres shut, releases are pushed, daily wage workers are under threat – what worries you most about how the industry will brave this storm?
I think we’re going to be back with a lot more content, and better films. As we’re all in the creative field, this time will only get us more eager to put together some great films. I am only concerned about the daily wagers, and we’re contributing towards the fund as much possible.
There’s a general sense of panic and anxiety in the air. Is there anything you recommend people watch or listen to calm their nerves?
Everyone has their own methods of calming down. For some it’s working out, for others it’s music and for some it’s binge watching. All I can say is people should do whatever they feel comfortable doing while practicing social distancing.
Lastly, for people constantly in the public eye, is there any silver lining to this forced social distancing?
I am quite active on social media, so I am putting up my write-ups, memes, videos, paintings and entertaining as much as possible. We artists can’t be confined, we will somehow find an outlet to reach the audience.