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January 15 : With Omicron scare increasing by the day, and Maharashtra being one of the worst hit states, shootings of many films have been affected.

The Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA) has issued a statement to filmmakers requesting them to adhere to the strict SOPs for shooting, including mandatory negative RT PCR report of all actors and crew members.

The IMPPA statement read as, “It is most important that anyone doing shooting today or planning to do shooting in the near future has to take all precautions and follow the SOPs issued by the government of Maharashtra while allowing commencement of shooting during the Covid pandemic and which have been followed by producers. In view of the severity of the situation prevailing today, it is the duty of each producer to ensure that adequate safety and security is in place to avoid any spread of the disease which has been with us for quite some time and we all have to take care if we intend to survive. Please note as earlier informed by us work with people who bring negative RT PCR report and who have their insurance for Covid 19 because for short schedule it becomes difficult for producers to arrange insurance…”

While many shoots have been cancelled in the state, a few shoots are still going on. The producers of these films are taking utmost precautions, and adhering to all the statement guidelines.

Karan Johar has cancelled the shooting of a song for Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. An extensive set was put up for the song sequence, which reportedly will stay in place till the shoot resumes.

Shooting of Kuttey has been affected as Arjun Kapoor contacted the virus and is currently under home quarantine. Makers have cancelled the shoot schedule of the film.

Filming of Uunchai starring Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani and Parineeti Chopra, which was taking place in Mumbai after the Nepal shoot schedule, has also been cancelled keeping the present situation in mind. Anand Pandit’s Marathi film Victoria, shooting of which was going on in Mumbai, have been impacted.

However, dubbing and post-production work continues, and Ajay Devgn was recently spotted dubbing for one of his films. Shootings for music videos and advertisements are also continuing with all precautions in place.

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