Maharashtra permits to resume Film & TV Shootings with Immediate EffectJun 01, 2020 09:55 AM
The Maharashtra Government has allowed shootings of films, TV serials, and OTT series with immediate effect. The decision is taken following the request of Indian Film and TV Producers Council in the last week's virtual meeting with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Hence, the Bollywood will be resuming shoots after over two months of COVID-19 lockdown. But the permission is only restricted to non-containment zones of Mumbai and other parts of the state.
However, the makers must ensure that they should strictly adhere to the guidelines. Apart from the main cast, only 33% of the crew is allowed during the filming of the movies and serials. Above all, no one above the age of 65 years including the cast and crew will be allowed to shoot. Likewise, social distancing, wearing face masks, and sanitizing the sets, makeup, and editing rooms are mandatory daily before and after the shoots.
The permission for the shootings should be taken from Maharashtra Film, Theatre, Cultural Development Corporation in Mumbai, and the respective District Collectors outside the city. Simultaneously, the Telugu Film Industry is also awaiting a similar order from the State Government. As per the reports, the permission for shootings in Tollywood will be granted from the second or third week of June.
Suresh Babu is a leading producer, distributor, and studio owner from Tollywood. He expressed that the number of footfalls at the theatres might not be the same anymore during the post COVID scenario. He also felt that the changes in seating arrangement in theatres will reduce the capacity which in turn grossly affects the business. Further, he also opined that the theatres across the country should be opened at the same time as a portion of revenue to regional cinema also comes from other states.
Finally, it might take another month or two to open the cinema halls. By then, many of the films under production will be completed for a theatrical release. So, few theatres are already gearing up by rearranging the seating to ensure that the show must go on whenever they get the nod from the Government. Only time will tell how the actual scenario will unfold once the shootings and theatres start functioning simultaneously across the country.