Prepare action plan on limited resumption of film shoots: Maharashtra CM

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For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. Thackeray, however, ruled out reopening of cinema halls or theatres anytime soon. The prominent demands of the industry included saving single-screen theatres, helping poor music composers, and waiving GST on film production. The CM also asked the state Culture department and producers to check if some shootings can take place before the start of the monsoon, the statement said. By: PTI | Mumbai |

Published: May 20, 2020 7:37:34 pm

Uddhav Thackeray has ruled out reopening of cinema halls or theatres anytime soon. Thackeray said his government would consider providing rent concessions to production houses which have their sets erected in the Film City and supporting folk artists. Commercial activities have also started in the state barring the containment zones,” an official statement quoted Thackeray as saying on the occasion. “The government would consider an action plan on how shooting and post-production activities can be resumed in a limited way by adhering to social distancing and other norms,” Thackeray told a delegation of representatives of the entertainment industry, especially from the Marathi theatre, television and cinema. “We have allowed industries, trade and shops to open by taking all the precautions. The CM said the huge entertainment industry comprises various elements like actors, backstage artists, technicians and workers. Shooting of about 70 Hindi and 40 Marathi films, 10 web series had stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has affected the livelihood of more than three lakh workers and technicians, it said. For editing studios, guidelines will have to be issued regarding space and air conditioning system, he said. Referring to the demand of producers to allow resumption of shootings and post-production work, the CM said the demand can be considered in “non-red” zones in the state. Shooting for films as well as other production activities remained suspended since mid-March in view of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: CMO Maharashtra/Instagram)
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday asked the entertainment industry to prepare an action plan on limited resumption of film shooting and post-production activities by adhering to social distancing norms amidst the coronavirus-induced lockdown. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. “The total investment in Hindi television is Rs 5000 crore and in Marathi, it is Rs 250 crore,” the statement quoted the delegation telling the CM. “However, care will have to be taken to ensure that locations for shooting a film are not situated in the containment zones and that the number of people on the sets and their hygiene is taken care of,” he stated. Thackeray told the delegates that he didn’t believe that clamping of lockdown meant everything coming to a standstill. Also Read | FWICE seeks permission from Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to resume post-production
As per estimates, 30,000 episodes of television content are produced every year.