Posted on June 1, 2020, 1:29 PM IST
Under the Maharashtra government’s Mission Begin Again phase for economies to pickup after severe lockdown due to corona virus, shooting of films, television serials and digital series will now be allowed in non-containment zones in Maharashtra.
Issuing a Government Resolution (GR), the Cultural Affairs Ministry said that producers will have to conduct pre-production and post-production works by adhering to the guidelines laid down by the government. "Violation of the rules will lead to stopping of thework," it said.
For shooting to take place in the Film City producers will have to apply to managing director of the Maharashtra Film, Theatre, Cultural Development Corporation,the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari in Goregaon, Mumbai, and to district collectors outside Mumbai for resuming shootings.
The order stated that social distancing norms will have to be followed strictly with focus on personal hygiene. The state government has also given the go-ahead for post-production work to begin. The producers will have to seek pe rmission from the respective district collectors ahead of their shooting schedule.
"Crowd cannot be allowed to be gathered while shooting is on. Norms have to be adhered to while using air conditioning system (on sets). Precautions need to be taken while transporting shooting equipment, artists and technicians," the GR said.
The Chief Minister’s Office said: “Applications will be scrutinised and then the permission will be given. If applications are found satisfactory, it is possible that the permission to start production work will be given within a day.”
The 16-page Government Resolution (GR) said that steps should be taken to educate and sensitise all the partners and employees involved in the shooting process regarding preventive measures. Producers will have to carry out pre-production and post-production works by adhering to guidelines.
The GR also asked the producers to minimise crew strength by 33 per cent while all staffers are required to carry identification card while travelling for shoot. Whenever possible, casting should be done remotely via Facetime, Zoom, Skype and others such options. Minimal physical contact has to be ensured during the shoot.