CINTAA’s Senior Vice President, actor Manoj Joshi met with the Honorable Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari. They discussed the issue of senior actors, above the age of 65, not being allowed to shoot. The Honorable Governor assured of necessary co-operation.
The meeting was a dual purpose meeting, reveals Manoj Joshi. The Honourable Governor who has witnessed the freedom struggle wrote an essay on Mahatma Gandhi, participating in the competition organized by the Postal Department as a common man. When he won the competition, he added three times the amount to the prize money and gifted the same to the post office employees for protection against COVID-19.
“I had been to his place to congratulate him on this amazing gesture as well as honour him with a shawl along with State BJP Secretary and Vice-Chairman, of Maharashtra Film, Stage & Cultural Development Corporation Ltd (MFSCDCL) Amarjeet Mishra who presented The Hon Governor with an idol of Vithoba and Rukmini.”
Manoj Joshi then briefed the Hon Governor on CINTAA, its history, its members, on the senior citizens who are members of CINTAA on whom their family depends for livelihood, and that they already have had no work from three months. He elaborated that the number of working seniors was not very large, but apart from that, there are continuity issues and producers cannot replace them. “The Hon Governor gave us a patient ear. It was a good 40-minute meeting. He was very positive and assured that he would help us in the best way possible. He had received the letter from CINTAA that we had sent him,” elaborates Joshi.
CINTAA had also sent letters to the Hon CM Uddhav Thackeray, Hon Minister Subash Desai, and Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis besides the Hon Governor. “We are glad the meeting with the Hon Governor was an eventful one and are hopeful that the outcome would be a positive one. The meeting was indeed reassuring.”