Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce extends Telugu film shooting shut down to March 31 amid the Coronavirus scare


The Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce today reviewed its earlier decision to shut down all Telugu film shootings till March 21 and decided to extend the shut down until March 31.

In a statement, K L Damodar Prasad, Honourable Secretary of the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce, said, "The Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce and the Telugu Film Producers Council have reviewed the position today with regard to the Coronavirus and precautions that need to be taken. In this regard, it has been decided to extend the closure of film shoots till March 31. As per the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh State Governments advisory, all the cinema theatres will remain closed till March 31. Later, in coordination with both the governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, we will review the same from time to time for further decisions in regard to the above.

File photo of KL Damodar Prasad

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It may be recalled that the office bearers of the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce had met representatives from the Movie Artistes Association (MAA), the Telugu Film Producers Council and the 24 crafts of the Telugu Film Industry Employees Federation on March 15 at the Film Chamber in Hyderabad, where the decision to shut down shootings until March 21 was initially taken.

Already, film shootings in the Tamil film industry have come to a stop until March 31 as the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI), a federation of unions representing the 24 crafts of filmmaking, had announced that all Tamil film units must wind up their shootings by March 18. The federation had instructed film units that from March 19, there should be no shootings until March 31.