Bollywood has come to a pounding stop, with film generation and theaters closed across the nation after Prime Minister Narendra Modi forced a 40-day lockdown to curb Coronavirus, which has infected more than 59,000 individuals and killed more than 1,900 in India. Approximately 9,500 theaters are closed, and commerce at multiplexes and single-screen cinemas is improbable to bounce back for weeks or indeed months as contamination fears wait and optional investment dives.

India’s film industry, purveyor of song-and-dance exhibitions to millions, will take at slightest two a long time to recuperate monetarily from the coronavirus pandemic which is undermining big-ticket ventures, putting at hazard tens of thousands of employments.

Such dim prospects, indeed after the lockdown is lifted, undermine the box-office takings that makeup 60% of industry profit, impelling makers to say big-budget movies and excessive shoots in remote areas will be shelved.

Industry figures appear India makes 1,200 movies in a normal year, but big-budget motion pictures getting pushed into another financial year, as production houses fight a liquidity crunch in the midst of falling box-office incomes. For example, the release of Bollywood’s first attempt at a multi-hero action franchise, film-maker Rohit Shetty’s “Sooryanvanshi” has been delayed uncertainly from late March.

“Making movies has always been a gamble, and now some of us can pack up for the next year,” said a film-maker. “We will have to beg people to come to cinema halls.” Karan Taurani, an analyst with investment firm Elara Capital said that theatres may not open before mid-June on a pan-India level and normal occupancy may not come back until August adding that they have to slash prices to lure viewers. Shares in India’s two largest multiplex operators, PVR PVRL.NS and INOX Leisure INOL.NS, have plunged more than 40% from all-time highs in late February.

End of a Bollywood Era

An ingenious of about 80 movies, he nearly gave up acting in his 30s – after an unrewarding decade in TV daily operas Chandrakanta, Jai Hanuman etc. – Yes! Talking about Irrfan Khan who lacked the looks for a traditional Bollywood romantic lead but made his film debut with a small role in Salaam Bombay! … Further success came for his starring roles in The Lunchbox (2013), Piku (2015), and Talvar (2015) and he had supporting roles in the Hollywood films The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Life of Pi (2012), Jurassic World (2015), and Inferno (2016).

Once he said that Hollywood is too planned. India has no planning at all. It’s more spontaneous and informal. India could be more formal and Hollywood more spontaneous. In truth, few actors can claim to have mastered both genres as well as Irrfan Khan.

Breakthrough Stardom

His breakthrough came in the British-Indian film The Warrior. The film won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the Baftas. The critical success of The Warrior launched his film career. He kept in touch with Mira Nair – who had spotted his talent at drama school and together they collaborated to make The Namesake in 2006 and New York, I Love You in 2010.

In 2008, he joined Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire. Khan played the police inspector who beats Dev Patel’s character, Jamal – believing him to be a deceived person. Boyle described the performance as “beautiful to watch”.

Within the consequence of the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, he found himself twice confined at Los Angeles air terminal since his title was comparative to that of a terrorist suspect. He attempted to drop the family title Khan – preferring to be called essentially Irrfan within the credits of his movies. He has too disturbed Muslim pioneers by criticising animal sacrifice in Islam.

In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Shri – India’s fourth-highest civilian honour for his contribution to the arts. A year later, he would play the adult Piscine in Life of Pi – Ang Lee’s film version of the Booker Prize-winning novel of a ship-wrecked boy forced to share a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan and a ferocious Bengal tiger.

He also enjoyed playing the super scientist Rajit Ratha in The Amazing Spiderman and Simon Masrani, the billionaire owner of Jurassic World. He also appeared in Abhinay Deo’s Blackmail and Puzzle, the latter of which was shot in New York alongside co-star Kelly Macdonald. Hindi Medium (2017) and ‘Angrezi Medium’ (2020) are the two renowned movies of Irrfan Khan which featured series talk about the education system in India and was a powerful commentary on how far parents go in fulfilling the dreams of their children. These films make you laugh at yourselves as parents.

In 2018, he was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumours which affect cells that release hormones into the bloodstream. In a tweet quoting Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With The Wind, he greeted the news philosophically. He said, “Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect.” On 29 April 2020, we lost this versatile Bollywood actor just at the age of 53 after being admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital where he was under observation for colon infection.

An Awful Blow- The Tragic Demise of Rishi Kapoor

In Indian cinema, the Chandni star, our beloved Rishi Kapoor hailing from an acting dynasty played the sweet-natured interminable romantic roles that stole the audience’s hearts. He was adored as the plump and chubby child star who morphed into a powerful, tireless romantic lead in handfuls of comedies, dramatizations, musicals, and thrillers. He fell in love with his woman Neetu Singh, who hitched her, showed up in handfuls more adore stories with Neetu on the huge screen which made people fall in love for the couple.

His loss is an awful blow so soon after Irrfan Khan’s death and also the loss in 2018 of Rishi’s frequent co-star Sridevi. Rishi Kapoor may always be considered Kapoor the Younger. His early years of unforgettable boyishness (Bobby, Rafoo Chakkar, Khel Khel Mein, Sargam) were followed by years of playing the littlest brother (Amar Akbar Anthony, Naseeb, Coolie). By the time he got to the swooning romances (Saagar, Chandni, Henna) he already seemed like a fresh-faced senior. Rishi Kapoor – or Chintu (“sweet one”) as his family called him – was “forever youthful”. Rishi Kapoor debuted as a child actor in 1970 in Mera Naam Joker, a film about the life of a clown and his romances.

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In 1973, the then 20-year-old actor was drafted as the main lead in Bobby, a film made by his father. The musical love story of two city-bred teenagers changed Kapoor’s life.  Kapoor was also part of Bollywood’s milestone films like Kabhi Kabhi, Amar, Akbar, Antony, Naseeb, Coolie, and Ajooba.

Luck By Chance (2009), Chintu Ji (2009), Do Dooni Chaar (2010), D-Day (2013), Kapoor And Sons (2016), 102 Not Out (2018) and Mulk (2018) are also his career’s popular movies that highlight his range and willingness, marking him out as one of the finest actors in Hindi cinema.

However in the remarkable last chapter of his career,  Kapoor left out boyishness behind, he tossed tradition and caution to the winds. The awful passing of Rishi Kapoor feels more deplorable.

With 3.5 million supporters, Kapoor was prolific on Twitter, frequently making questionable comments and fighting with trolls. There were challenges when he criticised the Gandhi family – who lead the Congress party, presently India’s main opposition, criticizing their “dynastic politics”.Kapoor was known for his candour.

Once he said, “I am not qualified to do anything else. I am not a well-educated man. I barely got out of school. So it’s really luck that has carried me this far. “I want to be remembered as an actor who did his job with utmost sincerity.” We lost the veteran actor at 67 on 30 April 2020 who died after two-year battle leukemia. He breathed his last at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai.