Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA) recently wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackery seeking reconsideration of certain shooting guidelines set by the state to resume shooting. Now, another film body Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA) has written to chief minister calling the guidelines ‘impractical’. IFTDA has requested the government to reconsider the guidelines stating no person above 65 years of age shall be allowed in shooting areas. Also Read - Abhishek Bachchan's The Big Bull to Resume Shooting Next Month, Producer Says 'Considering Location Where Crew Can be Stationed'
IMPPA secretary Anil Nagrath told Mid-Day, “We have so many stars who are over 65. Bringing an elderly person on the set is risky, but we will take more precautions. We will shoot for only four hours with them instead of eight hours and complete their portions first. We will also keep them secluded.” Also Read - Unlock 1 Maharashtra: Shootings of Films And TV Shows Begin; Radhe, Gangubai Kathiawadi And Maidaan to go on Floors
While on the guideline that the crew must be put up in a hotel in order to reduce contamination risk, Nagrath told Mid-Day: “That is impossible to implement as most hotels have been taken up by the government as quarantine centres.” Also Read - Film Body Warns Indian Musicians Against Working With Pakistani Artists
IMPPA also had an issue with the suggestion that family members of actors could be cast in supporting roles, to restrict contact with outsiders. “Their suggestion of casting actors’ family members in the supporting roles is impractical. Not everyone belonging to a star’s family is an actor! They have put roadblocks by way of the regulations.”
The IMPPA letter has not only urged the government to reconsider these guidelines, but also reportedly shared a copy of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Karnataka government, which they feel is a little more “flexible”.
With inputs from IANS!