Due to pushing films like Sowrivanshi indefinitely and testing positive for COVID-19 of Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar with top stars, the risk of stalled shootings of the projects has increased and Thus many daily wage earners fear losing employment. Amid the increase in coronavirus cases in Maharashtra.
The year 2021 appears to be a recurrence of 2020, with industry insiders saying they are regularly revising security measures, including RTPCR tests, to control the spread of COVID-19 on a set of on-ground productions As they cannot postpone filming. Activities.
Not only Kumar, who was shooting for Ram Sethu, 45 members of the film’s crew have also tested positive. As a precaution, the actor was admitted to a city hospital on Monday.
On the other hand, Kaushal and Pednekar were reportedly shooting for filmmaker Shashank Khaitan’s Dharma production film Mr. Lele.
According to the updated figures of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), 9,857 new cases took the number of COVID-19 cases to 4,62,302 in Mumbai on Monday, while the death toll rose to 11,797.
Ashok Dubey, General Secretary, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) called the rise in COVID cases in film production “alarming”.
“It is a stressful time for all of us. Major productions have influenced Akshay’s Ram Setu, Dharma Productions’ Mr. Lele to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai. The entire shooting slate has been affected. Everyone is cautious but clueless now, ”Dubey told PTI.
Seema Pahwa, Govinda, Ritwik Bhowmik, Rupali Ganguly, Aditya Narayan, and Abhijeet Sawant have also tested COVID-19. Aamir Khan and R Madhavan are currently on their way to recover from the virus.
On March 30, 18 unit members of the reality show Dance Deewane contracted COVID-19, forcing the producers to stop shooting for a week.
According to Dubey, one of the reasons for the increasing numbers in the film crew is extensive testing before shooting. He said that the producers are making sure that the daily wages are paid to the laborers, even if they have tested positive and are out of the house.
Dubey said that the federation would also help with the Junior Artist Association if needed.
The Mumbai Police on Monday issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, banning the gathering of five or more people in public places in the city, which would be from 7am to 8pm from Monday to Friday to 30 April. .
The order also includes a one-night curfew on weekdays and a strict lockout starting at 8 pm on Friday until 7 am on Monday.
At the moment, the show is underway as the filming of two films, produced by Balaji Telefilms – starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rashmika Mandana and Mohit Suri by Villain Returns, is on track with more stringent security protocols.
Ruchika Kapoor Sheikh, Creative Producer, Balaji Telefilms, said that the health of the cast and crew is paramount to the banner.
“Ever since the COVID-19 breakout has taken place, we have cut the strength of the crew and are strictly following the safety norms set by the government for the shooting,” he told PTI.
Victorian D’Souza, health and safety officer, has been on the set of a few projects for streamers such as Momentum India, Netflix and Disney + Hotstar since the epidemic occurred last year.
“We are well aware of all types of risk management. We ensure that the location is safe and is operational, SOPs meet without compromising anything, ‘D’Souza told PTI.
As per the protocol, the health official said that it is mandatory for all those who enter their RTPCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) report, besides getting their oxygen levels, pulse and temperature checked.
“If shooting starts at 9 am, we arrive two hours early to clean the entire set. We ensure all those who wear PPE kits as director and lead actors, ”he said.
Asked what could cause the upsurge in cases despite the following guidelines, D’Souza said that the flaws in the measures taken by the cast and crew in individual capacity and on-site regular RTPR testing may have some answers. .
“Most senior actors and directors travel by their own cars, while other crew members travel by local transport, this could be the start of COVID-19. In addition, RTPR test is conducted regularly which is good and due to this more cases are coming up.
Sources said that Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Pathan and Salman Khan’s film Tiger 3, which was the most talked about for the films, is also shooting.
The production house T-series currently has Saif Ali Khan on the floor in the city of Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan.
Vinod Bhanushali, president of media and marketing, publishing (TV) and music and co-producer of several T-series films, said the team was following all necessary precautions.
He said that Bhool Bhulaiya 2 was shot after the diagnosis of COVID-19 by Karthik Aryan. Aryan tested negative for the virus on Monday.
“Adipurush shoot is going smoothly. It is a special effects film so we are shooting chroma, where a lot of people are not required, ”Bhanushali told PTI.
In these testing times, everyone is looking for each other.
“Artists are worried but there is hope. We can’t stop shooting. Dubey said that we are all taking it seriously.
In March last year, to contain the epidemic, film bodies in India, including FWICE and the Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA), decided to put film shoots, TV shows and web series on hold.
In May 2020, the Maharashtra government allowed the shooting of films, TV serials and web series with some conditions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.