'Ek Villain Returns' Goa shoot starts with Arjun Kapoor, Tara Sutaria. Image Source: IANS

May 07 : After all film and TV serial shoots were halted in Mumbai amidst the massive spike in COVID-19 cases, producers were all heading towards Goa in the hope to find alternative locations in the beach state to complete their shoots. Now, Goa has started seeing an increase in positive COVID-19 cases, which led The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), the Goa government's nodal agency, to take a decision to cancel all permissions granted for film and television serial shootings in the state. 

On Wednesday, the Goa government confirmed that 3,496 new COVID-19 cases were reported with 71 fatalities. This took up the tally of positive cases to 1,04,398 and the death toll to 1,443.

ESG has the power to give permission for commercial shootings in the state. Amidst the grave situation in Mumbai, several films and TV serial makers from Bollywood and South film industry recently shifted their shootings to Goa. On Thursday, ESG cancelled all permissions granted earlier for film and serial shootings in Goa.

The filmmakers, who were currently shooting their films and serials in Goa, have been asked to wind up their schedules. Goa government has enforced strict curbs and imposed Section 144 of CrPC, which bans the assembly of five or more people at one place. As a result, all shootings got halted. The ESG will review its decision after the COVID-19 pandemic comes under control. 

A number of TV shows including Yeh Hai Chahatein, Kumkum Bhagya, and Kundali Bhagya were being shot in Goa, who were asked to wind up their schedules and leave the state with immediate effect. John Abraham starrer Ek Villain Returns was also being shot in the beach state. Bollywood actors Arjun Kapoor and Tara Sutaria had started shooting for the second schedule of the film in Goa. The first schedule of the Mohit Suri film was completed in Mumbai recently. 

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