After three months of lockdown, the television industry is finally gearing up to resume shooting. With due permission from the Maharashtra Government with certain measures to stay safe, shows like Kumkum Bhagya, Kundali Bhagya, Tujhse Hai Raabta, Qurbaan Hua, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Punjabi were to begin today. However, with no clarity regarding key factors like sanitation, safety, payments, insurance and shift timings, the shoots of nine television shows were called off.
The television fraternity, after the Maharashtra Government permitted shoots to start, was hopeful to resume with Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) issued by the state authorities. However, during a meeting between the Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) and Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), a new set of guidelines put forth certain demands with respect to the safety of actors, workers and technicians.
According to a leading daily's report, actors and other crew members have received a declaration form from producers but CINTAA has urged to not sign up until key factors aren't in place. Amit Behl, the senior joint secretary and chairperson, CINTAA, told the daily that he can't expect his members to resume work until certain concerns aren't addressed. "If I’m not going to shoot until these concerns are addressed, how can I expect my association members to resume work?" he said.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)