15-day curfew in Maharashtra: Shootings on hold, theatres shut; FWICE to approach CM Uddhav Thackeray | Hindi Movie News

For the next 15 days, all film, TV, and advertisement shoots in the state, have been called off. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra has announced that only essential services will be allowed to function, keeping the film and TV industry out of the list.

Additionally, theatres will be shut down for the duration of 15 days, jeopardising all the releases planned in the upcoming weeks.

Talking about the development, BN Tiwari, President of FWICE admits, “It is unfortunate that no shootings will be allowed from April 14, which is definitely going to hit our daily wage workers really hard. About 100 shootings including films and TV projects are currently going on in Maharashtra. Big shootings were on hold but TV and small units were shooting. With this sudden lockdown, if the shootings are stopped, the industry is bound to lose crores of rupees”.

However, he has some hope to offer too. “We are going to write to the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to allow shootings of TV serials and we promise to shoot with the same guidelines that were announced by the government last year. The unit members will work in a bio bubble kind of environment to avoid infections,” he asserts.

In the aftermath of the first wave of Covid-19, the industry was slowly yet surely crawling back to its feet but the lockdown-like situation seems likely to throw a spanner in the works. JD Majethia of the Indian Film and TV Producers Council echoed Tiwari’s thoughts, adding, “Yes shootings have been put on hold but will we will speak to the government and find a middle ground. There is no need to panic”.

The guideline issued by the Maharashtra government also states that all individuals related to the establishment must get vaccinated soon so that reopening can be achieved at the earliest without fear of spread or acceleration of Covid-19.