Amid the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, entertainment industry came to a screeching halt on March 18. All the TV productions and shooting of the films were indefinitely postponed until further notice. This has lead to postponement of release dates of many movies.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray asked the entertainment industry to prepare an action plan in order to resume shooting of the films but he also ruled out the possibility of opening the cinema halls anytime soon.
The tweet of CM’s handle read, “CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray interacted with artiste & producers from the entertainment industry, especially Marathi film, theatre & television series via video conference today.”
He further added, “The State will consider any action plan proposed by them for reviving shooting and post-production activities if it includes physical distancing norms and other precautions. The State Government will stand firmly with technicians, backstage artistes, workers, folk artistes and tamasha performers in this crisis. The Chief Minister also said that rent concessions for those who have erected sets in the Film City, will be considered.”
The tweet further read that government would consider an action plan on how shooting and post-production activities can be resumed in a limited way by keeping in mind the rules of social distancing and other norms.
The Chief Minister further said that the producers’ demand to resume shooting and post-production work can be taken into account in the “non-red” zones in the state.
Earlier, the FWICE head Ashoke Pandit had written a letter to the CM of Maharashtra to seek permission to resume with the post-production of the films.