People say 2020 is not a good year, but I have shot for a Punjabi music video in this year, with Lehmber Hussainpuri, so I can’t say the same for myself,” says Prreit Kamal, the actress who has done films like, Saab Bahadur with Ammy Virk and the Hindi film, Babbloo Happy Hai with Sahil Anand. In Chandigarh from Delhi to resume shooting for her film, Marjaney opposite Sippy Gill, which was shuttered in the lockdown, Prreit says not many filmmakers are taking the chance of making new films till there is clarity about the COVID situation. “Till producers are not sure when audiences will return to theatres in 100 percent capacity, no one wants to risk their money. Also, as cinemas reopen, first the backlog of films that were slated for release will be cleared.” Commenting on the emerging form of entertainment, digital platforms, Prreit says the filmmakers she is working with are not keen on OTT releases. “There are people for whom the theatrical experience is irreplaceable. For them, the charm of watching films, with digital sounds and larger than life visuals in theatre cannot be replaced by digital platforms. After COVID people will be very keen on returning to cinemas.”
She also says that post-pandemic people would be interested in watching light hearted entertainment, not just because of the pandemic’s effect but also because of dark genres on OTT in the absence of cinemas and TV shows. “I think people have had enough of the dark, offensive series and films on OTT.” Her next film is a comedy, Fer Mamlaa Gadbad Hai opposite Ninja.
The actress who has done fewer films so far, says that this decision was made by choice. “I don’t want to be over exposed by doing every film or model for every song, that’s my personal choice. I feel, people should wait for your films. And that way, I also ensure I am prioritising quality over quantity.”
Prreit spent time with her family in hometown Delhi in the lockdown. While waiting for the lockdown to be lifted, she occupied her time productively. “I learnt to read and write Punjabi, besides playing the guitar. Of course, I had to cut short my nails for it, but since shootings were not happening, I didn’t mind it. I also worked out, did swimming and played pool.”