No film, TV serials and web shows will be allowed to be shot in Mumbai and Maharashtra from April 15 to May 1 due to the restrictions related to the lockdown. In such a situation, all the organizations associated with the workers of the industry, 4 technicians and artists have jointly written a letter to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray and demanded some necessary facilities.
Apart from the associations of producers and directors associated with the film and TV industry, a coordination committee comprising major entertainment channels has written to Uddhav Thackeray, requesting financial assistance to needy daily wage laborers, technicians and junior artists. In the letter, instead of demanding a fixed amount for thousands of such struggling people in the industry, its decision has been left to the government that how much amount it is willing to provide to such people.
The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), in a special conversation with ABP News on this issue, said, ‘There are at least 50,000 daily wage workers, technicians and junior artists in the industry who desperately need financial support. If the government agrees to provide financial assistance to the people of the industry, then we will provide all the details of such people to the government.
It is noteworthy that during the announcement of new restrictions related to the applicable corona in Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray had announced a grant of Rs 1500–1500 to rickshaw drivers, hawkers and said to provide financial assistance to 7 crore people and provide food grains to 7 crore people.
However, there has been a demand from the film and TV industry to continue the post production of films and TV serials that have been shot. It has been said in the letter that since post production work is done in the presence of less and less people in a closed environment, then it is completely safe to do post production work. This will also go a long way in completing the films that have been shot and in preparing and airing new episodes of the serial.
There has been a demand from the entertainment industry to give priority to vaccination of all the workers, technicians and artists associated with the industry. Under this letter, an appeal has also been made to establish vaccination centers in Mumbai’s Film City and Mira-Bhayander areas adjoining Mumbai.
In this letter written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, all workers, technicians and artists associated with the industry have been requested to be given the status of frontline workers.
Apart from these demands, the government has also been asked to allow the completion of sets of already under construction film and TV serials. In the absence of doing so, film and TV producers have been cited in this letter for facing financial losses of crores of rupees and loss of work of migrant laborers.
In this letter seeking all the above facilities from the Government of Maharashtra, it has also been assured to fully follow the guidelines of Corona and to cooperate fully on behalf of the film and TV industry.