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Maharashtra government issues clarification on film shooting guidelines

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra state government on Tuesday issued clarifications on the film shooting guidelines, paving the way for resumption of production activities in the state.

The government has clarified that while the lockdown orders of the government of India will prevail in terms of the maximum crew strength and containment zones, the onus of following guidelines will fall on the production team.

The government has also done away with the mandatory requirement of an ambulance, doctor and nurse on the sets but thermal scanning and symptoms checks are to be followed on the sets.

In case of a suspected case, each production site will also have to keep a dedicated vehicle for immediate transport of suspected cases to nearest hospitals.

The government has also clarified that its earlier recommendations which required real families be cast in family scenes and accommodation facilities to be provided to the crew within or near the premises, were “recommendatory” and not mandatory.

“The amendments to the shooting guidelines recently announced by the state Cultural Ministry have taken into account the concerns of the industry, and we must commend the government on their prompt and proactive approach in dealing with the issue,” said Siddharth Roy Kapur, President of the Producers Guild of India and founder and MD of Roy Kapur Films.

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