April 10 : Owning to the massive spike in COVID-19 cases in the country, particularly in Maharashtra, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has issued new guidelines for film shooting. The guidelines also include those for pre-production and post-production work as well. In a statement, FWICE urged the film industry people to adhere the new guidelines strictly in order to avoid a complete lockdown, which will be “quite shattering and destructive” for the film industry.
The FWICE members came out with the fresh guidelines after they had a Zoom meeting with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The FWICE team has assured the Chief Minister that the film industry will be held responsible where standard operating procedures (SOP) of the COVID guidelines are concerned.
The FWICE also made it clear through the statement that the guidelines are applicable for all people involved in pre-production, shooting and post-production work, and stressed that the guidelines are not negotiable. These guidelines as of now will be applicable till April 30, 2021.
According to the new guidelines, filmmakers have been asked not to shoot crowd sequences and songs with dancers among large number of people. The crew of every film will have to adhere to the common precautions of wearing masks and have to continuously sanitise the sets, production offices, and post-production studios.
FWICE will also constitute a monitoring team which will visit the sets and studios to ensure that no guidelines are flouted by the filmmakers. In case any rules are flouted, the individual will be liable for strictest disciplinary action by FWICE.
FWICE has mentioned that production offices and post-production offices can function as per government guidelines so that films can be completed and aired.
Mumbai is under a complete lockdown from Friday 8 pm, which will continue till Monday 7 am. All shooting, setting, pre-production or post-production work will not commence during this period.
Maharashtra is currently witnessing the highest number of COVID-19 cases in India. As a result, Mumbai is experiencing a lockdown-like situation during the day, curfew at night and lockdown on weekends.
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