The new Government Resolution issued by Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has given a go ahead to the producers wanting to start shooting. ETimes exclusively spoke to General Secretary of FWICE (Federation of Western India Cine Employees), Ashok Dubey who gave us a detailed insight on the same. Excerpts…

What do you think about the new Government Resolution that seem to have given a green signal to the entertainment industry?
The Government has indeed given us a green signal with some guidelines to be followed. But the major issue that the producers will face is in the implementation of those guidelines. In our country, we have rules and regulations for everything but it seldom gets followed. So even if we start shooting by following proper guidelines and precautions, we would need a person, like a supervisor to monitor and look over things and ensure the rules are being followed thoroughly.

What are the protocols that will be followed?
The new protocols include the basic Governmental guidelines that ensure people are wearing masks on the sets, there are sanitizers on the set and basic sanitation processes are followed. Producers have been asked to keep the number of people on the set low to about just 30 percent.

Do you think actors will be willing to come knowing the threat is still out there?
Frankly speaking, I don’t think big stars will be willing to come. As far as daily soap actors are concerned, they might be willing to come back on the sets as it has been about two months since the lockdown. Even daily wage workers are waiting for the shootings to start so that they can earn their livelihood.

As far as big stars are concerned, they might shoot parts where a large crowd of people on the sets are not required – like scenes which are shot indoors or the ones where only a few people on the set are present.

Will it be difficult to get the number of people required to start shooting?
Yes, it would be a challenge for the producers to get people as some major modes of transportations like local trains and buses are still not functioning. It would be a task to get people who reside far away from the shooting location. They will have to make their team consisting of people who reside around their shooting locations and ensure they are able to commute safely.

Apart from that, if any person tests positive on the set then according to the Government policy, the shooting has to be halted and the set will be shut down for three days. After three days, there will be a sanitization process that will take place on the set and then they can resume the shoot again. So it is going to be quite expensive for the producers if proper guidelines are not followed.

What are the films that are expected to start shooting?
According to me, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ will be the first one to start shooting as their set is already there. So they can start shooting. Apart from that, Boney Kapoor’s film is also being shot at Madh Island so that will also be the film that can resume shooting. Monsoon is also arriving so I don’t know how everything will be managed but yes, these are the films that can start shooting.


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