Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday asked film and television producers, who demanded an extension of the shooting time beyond the 4 p.m. deadline, to consult with police about the location and timing of their shooting schedules in and around Mumbai.
The CM virtually addressed members of the Film Producers Guild and told them to ensure regular COVID-19 detection tests are performed, guidelines are followed, and vaccinations for film artists and staff are expedited.
Filmmakers Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehra, Ritesh Sidhwani, Nagraj Manjule, Subodh Bhave, Ravi Jadhav, among others, attended the meeting, which was also attended by Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale and members of the state’s COVID-19 task force.
The Guild sought an extension of the duration of the shootings beyond 4 p.m. and assured they would continue to follow COVD-19 standards, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a statement.
The CM told them that Maharashtra is one of the states where the number of new infections is not falling. Despite a bio-bubble system for sporting events, there is a spread of the coronavirus, the CM quoted the CM as saying.
Thackeray said the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi is cautious about easing restrictions as the primary concern is the well-being and health of citizens.
“Mumbai Police will be looking for details on the shooting locations and times. A focal point officer should be appointed to ensure that all COVID-19 rules are followed,” the CM said.
Maharashtra reported 7,761 new COVID-19 cases and 167 deaths on Friday, bringing the number of infections in the state to 61,97,018 and the death toll to 1,26,727, according to the health department.