Film federation lays new guidelines for shooting amid rise in COVID-19 cases

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Mumbai: The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has formed a "monitoring team" to guarantee that each COVID-19 shooting guidelines -- including information precautions onset, avoiding filming of assemblage sequences-- are strictly followed amid the surge successful coronavirus cases successful Maharashtra.

The movie and TV manufacture has been severely deed owed to the rising COVID-19 cases successful the state and peculiarly the superior city.

Several on-ground productions similar "Ram Setu", "Gangubai Kathiawadi" and Dharma Productions-backed "Mr Lele" halted shoots aft their starring actors, including Akshay Kumar, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar tested affirmative for coronavirus.

Apart from the actors, arsenic galore arsenic 45 members of Kumar's "Ram Setu" person besides tested affirmative for the caller coronavirus.

According to a connection from the FWICE connected Friday, the office-bearers had a gathering with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and assured him that the manufacture volition beryllium "responsible" successful pursuing the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedure).

"FWICE successful coordination with experts has laid down guidelines which each radical progressive successful pre-production, shooting and post-production enactment volition person to adhere to. These guidelines arsenic of present volition beryllium applicable till April 30," the connection read.

According to the caller guidelines, shooting of assemblage sequences and songs with dancers successful ample numbers volition not beryllium allowed. "Wearing of masks and continuous sanitization are compulsory connected the sets, successful accumulation offices, and successful post-production studios.

"An FWICE monitoring squad has been constituted to sojourn sets and post-production studios regularly to cheque that each guidelines are being followed. Any idiosyncratic oregon accumulation portion flouting the rules oregon creating immoderate benignant of hindrance successful the adherence of the guidelines volition look disciplinary action," the connection read.

The Maharashtra authorities connected Sunday announced a play lockdown successful the authorities from 8 p.m. connected Friday to 7 americium connected Monday successful a bid to curb the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases.
"Shooting, setting, pre-production activities should beryllium avoided during this play (of play lockdown). It is permissible to sprout from Monday to Friday. All members are hereby advised to docket their shootings arsenic per the supra permissible days," the connection added.

The connection was signed by BN Tiwari, FWICE President, Ashok Dubey, General Secretary, Gangeshwar Srivastav, Treasurer and main advisors Sharad Shelar and filmmaker Ashok Pandit.

Maharashtra reported 56,286 caller coronavirus cases connected Thursday, taking its caseload to 32,29,547. Mumbai, meanwhile, saw a single-day spike of 8,938 cases. 

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