Entertainment Bandh!

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By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, July 6 -- All those who had booked their tickets in advance for Monday, for any movie, any show, can catch it any time during the week," says Devang Sampat of Cinemax. The decision was taken in the wake of the Bharat Bandh and its near total impact in the city.

Sampat, however, points out that bookings for the first two shows on Monday were slow, since people were aware of the bandh. His chain of theatres, he adds, is insured against such bandhs.

Rajan Shahi, producer of daily soaps like Sapnaa Babul Ka Bidaai and Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai on Star Plus, had initially planned evening-to-night shifts, but later cancelled them keeping in mind that actors and technicians, who lived across the city might find it difficult to reach the location. "To compensate for the day off, my teams have shot through the weekend," he asserts.

Ditto Ekta Kapoor, who shot through Saturday and Sunday with any artistes from her shows, Tere Liye on Star Plus, Pavitra Rishta on Zee TV and Sarvagun Sampanna on Imagine, who were available. "Given that all these shows are dailies, stocking episodes is a problem," she admits.

A source from Film City says that all bookings were cancelled. "No TV shows or films were shot on Monday," he asserts.

Actress Ratan Rajput who plays Laali in the Zee TV daily, Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo, was doing night shift the last two days. When contacted, post noon on Monday, she said she had just woken up and planned to catch up on lost sleep.