The world continues to fight with pandemic coronavirus and many Bollywood and television projects have come to a standstill after their shooting schedule and release dates have been halted until further notice. Now, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions have also announced that their ‘administrative and production work have been suspended’ in the wake of the health crisis and to ‘minimize the risk of exposure to cast, crew, workers, and audience’. Also Read - Rangoli Chandel Calls Out 'Dumb Wannabe Feminist', Targets Taapsee Pannu-Neha Dhupia-Karan Johar in Latest Tweets
Taking to social media, Karan posted a statement that reads, “In view of epidemic spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout the world including India, we at Dharma Productions have suspended all administrative and production work until further notice. This decision has been taken keeping in mind the safety of all and we are complying with all the precautionary measures suggested by the government to minimize the risk of exposure to our cast, crew, workers, and audience. We wish for everyone to stay strong and healthy in the face of the ongoing global health crisis. We’ll see you at the movies soon.” Also Read - Sooryavanshi Gets Postponed Amid Coronavirus Scare; Official Statement Released
Sharing the post, Karan captioned it, “All of us at @dharmamovies @dharma2pointo @dharmaticent wish for the well being of the members of our work family and every citizen of the world …we pray that the world can overcome this situation as soon as possible! God speed to everyone and stay safe and sanitised!” (sic) Also Read - Karan Johar Shares a Throwback Photo of 'Sweating' Shah Rukh Khan And The Caption Proves Their Bond is For Lifetime
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Earlier, Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association called for halting of the shooting of “all entertainment formats”. Posting the latest updates on his social media handle, Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared a picture of the notice sent out by Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association. Apart from calling off all shootings of films, TV serials and web series from March 19 to March 31 in India, the circular stated, “All units shooting till the stoppage comes into force have been strictly advised to follow all precautionary and preventive measures without fail. Decision about re-starting shootings shall be taken on March 30th after considering the prevailing situation.”
The total number of cases in India touched 114 cases on Monday. In Maharashtra, the total number of cases jumped to 37 after four new cases came forward this morning. The country is moving towards a complete shutdown as government across the states ordered the closure of schools, colleges, malls, cinema halls and are restricted from attending large public gatherings.