Maharashtra government gives green flag to film and TV shootings

The Government of Maharashtra has allowed producers to resume film and TV shoots only in non-containment zones and other COVID-19 guidelines. More details below.

The ongoing battle of COVID-19 has severely affected businesses and industries all over the world. In India, productions of films and tv shows have been put to halt from 19th March 2020 owing to nationwide lockdown. After a lot of consideration, the Uddhav Thackerey government has allowed producers to resume shooting schedules of films, TV, and web shows. However, there are strict guidelines that need to be followed.

The government of Maharashtra has only permitted shooting to resume at places marked as non-containment zones. The decision to begin shooting rests solely on the producers. Every crew and team member working on the set shall have to undergo proper health check-up. Most importantly, a shoot has to stall for 3 days if any member is detected with the COVID-19 virus. Other strict rules that must be obliged on sets include the disinfection and sanitization of items, opening of doors and windows for ventilation, using eco-friendly utensils, usage of the Aarogya setu app, crowd control, etc.

Majethia, chairman, TV wing, Indian Film and Television Producers Council (IFTPC), said the move has come as a relief.

“It feels great. It (the industry) was shut for so long, we thought it’d not open by June 15. This is much faster than what we expected. We thank the CM of Maharashtra for doing this wonderful job. He has pleasantly surprised all of us. This industry is Mumbai’s pride. “It will now reach every household and bring smiles, happiness to everyone with fresh content. This was an important decision. I’ll bring cheer all across, it’s a big relief,”

Producers Ekta Kapoor, Ashok Pandit have also welcomed the move by the Maharashtra government.

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