NEW DELHI: A coordinating committee on behalf of the media and entertainment industry comprising all professional unions, broadcasters and producer organizations wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to demand some concessions while the ‘State remains under lockdown and all filming halted for the remainder of the month.
The Maharashtra government imposed Section 144 for the next 15 days earlier this week in light of rising covid cases, banning filming of movies, web shows and TV series.
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Among other things, the organizations requested that post-production work that is done in a studio in a closed environment be allowed, so that already shot content can be edited and completed for final release. âThe televising of new episodes is essential to ensure that those forced inside due to the lockdown are entertained with fresh content,â the bodies said in a letter to the CM. 0 This will greatly reduce their anxiety and depression. ” he added.
In addition, many sets are under construction but may become unusable due to the closure and producers will face huge losses. To avoid the same, placement work may be allowed to continue, with construction workers allowed to remain on the set with all precautions. “It will also help workers who are largely migrants with safe housing and wages in these difficult times,” the letter said.
The producers have also requested that the financial package announced by the CM be extended to M&E agents, technicians and actors who can be daily employees, in addition to small actors, particularly in the regional space.
Stressing the need for rapid vaccination, agencies have called for centers in places such as Film City and the MiraBhayander region of Maharashtra, especially for film and television workers.
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