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April 17 : Maharashtra has been put under curfew for the next 15 days. Under the lockdown-like situation, all shoots of films and television shows have been halted, and all film releases have been postponed. Amidst the current situation, several film bodies have urged the Chief Minister of the state, Uddhav Thackeray, for some concessions for the entertainment industry during the lockdown-like situation.

Film bodies like Film and Television Producers’ Council (IFTPC), Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA), and Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) have written a letter to the Chief Minister asking him for some concessions to cope with the current situation. 

While film shoots have been halted, post-production work need to be continued to broadcast the already recorded content on television. The film bodies have, therefore, requested the Chief Minister to allow continuation of post-production work. The film associations have also asked that the workers who are working in the set designing team be allowed to stay within the premises of the Film City and complete construction of sets. The film bodies also raised the concern that if the lockdown in the state continues beyond April 30, then many filmmakers will start looking for shoot sites outside Maharashtra.

BN Tiwari, president, FWICE, told a news portal that while some migrant workers have started leaving the city for their hometowns, the film bodies do not want the same kind of situation to be faced by the workers this time as well, so they want to offer the daily wagers shelter and remuneration during the lockdown-like situation. Keeping the workers’ safety in mind, the film bodies also plan to arrange vaccinations for 15,000 workers who are working at the Film City.

Meanwhile, many set making work is lying incomplete. While only two days of work was done on the Vikram Vedha set, the sets of Shah Rukh Khan starrer Pathan and Salman Khan starrer Tiger 3 are also incomplete. 

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