Maharashtra CM assures support to TV, film fraternity to resume shooting

He sought draft proposal from them on the precautions that will be taken during filming.

MUMBAI: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday interacted with artistes and producers from the entertainment industry, especially Marathi film, theatre and television series, via video conferencing.

He assured the members that the state will consider any action plan proposed by them for reviving shooting and post-production activities provided they exercise physical distancing norms and other precautions.

The chief minister tweeted about the virtual meeting that the state government will stand firmly with the technicians, backstage artistes, workers, folk artistes and performers in this crisis. He also said that rent concessions for those who have erected sets at the Film City will be considered.

The film and television producers and actors promised full support to all the decisions that will be taken by the state government.

The chief minister has sought a draft proposal from the creative fraternity on what are all precautions they would take while filming. He assured them that he would think over their proposal.

He informed that only after taking necessary precautions in green and red zones, production of films will be possible. Production shouldn't be in the containment zone. People involved in the production process, their stay and food requirements, and other things are also matters of concern.

He said that the entertainment industry not only entertains, but also teaches us, and hence assumes significance. Since movie theatres are places where people do come in large numbers, it's difficult to give immediate relaxation.

The other day the Federation of Western India Cine Employees appealed to the chief minister to grant permission to resume the post-production work of the media and entertainment industry. The federation sought the chief minister’s permission to continue with the post production activities, such as editing, sound recording, etc. of such projects nearing completion, so that it will give relief to the industry. It assured the chief minister that necessary guidelines pertaining to the health, safety and security of the workers involved in such post-production activities will be adhered to.

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