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Balaji Telefilms takes positive steps after actor tests Covid2019 positive

The production house is undergoing sanitisation.

Parth Samthaan

MUMBAI: Television actor Parth Samthaan, who is best known for his role in Balaji Telefilms' Kasautii Zindagii Kay, tested positive for Covid2019 on Sunday. The actor shared the news on Instagram and revealed that he was showing mild symptoms but with doctors' guidance, he is self-quarantining at home.

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Balaji Telefilms COO Ketan Gupta tells indiantelevision.com that the production house is strictly following all the SOP measures and guidelines laid by the government. He mentions that people’s safety and security is the most important thing for Balaji Telefilms.

He informs that Samthaan tested positive when he was at home and not at the set. He says, “The moment we got to know that Parth Samthaan has tested positive for Covid2019, we immediately packed up the entire unit, as well as sanitised it. We called an ambulance so that everybody in the unit can have their swab tests done. Apart from the crew, we are also doing tests for actors who have recently interacted with Parth. The results are awaited. In the meantime, our production house will be closed for three days for sanitisation, cleaning, fumigation and other measures.”

He further explains that the studio will be closely monitoring the people who were present on the set to ensure that they are safe. Gupta clarifies that even if a similar situation arises in the future, the company will not replace the main leads. “We will bring changes in the storyline until he is back. We have around eight to nine episodes in the bank,” he adds.

Meanwhile, Ekta Kapoor and Balaji Telefilms have released an official  statement. It reads: “We would like to inform various stakeholders that one of our talent from the show ‘Kasautii Zindagii Kay’ has tested positive for Covid2019 and is now receiving medical attention. Our first priority is to help protect our talent, production crew and employees. We are taking all the precautions detailed in the guideline. We were and will continue following all medical protocols set by the authorities and have implemented guidelines concerning social interactions, hygiene, travel and visits to the sets.”

Television actor Karan Patel who will be essaying the role of new Mr Bajaj in Kasautii Zindagii Kay reboot and his immediate family members will also get tested for Covid2019.

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