In a long virtual meeting between producers of IFTPC the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey, it was decided that shootings for films and television will begin soon. After the COVID-19 lockdown, it is a big relief for the entertainment industry.
However, producer JD Majethia revealed that while no date has been set for the beginning of shoots, the scripts of existing projects, along with the general way that the shoots take place and also the sets, will see a whole lot of changes.
“There has been no date as such decided. First to begin with all the TV sets will be checked. This will be a long process, we can’t just say that we will start shooting from tomorrow. The Government has not allowed starting the shooting yet. It is very encouraging news that Akshay Kumar has started shooting. We have spoken to Government and first, the sets will be visited by them and they will check if they are away from the civilisation,” JD revealed to an entertainment portal.
He continued, “So, what locations to be allowed in Maharashtra in Mumbai will be checked. It is going to take time, everything will be checked, then if necessary people will be quarantined, it is a long a process. Based on our meeting hopefully, we should see some action happening by mid-June or June ending.”
The producer also went on to reveal that the guidelines that need to be adhered to on the sets post lockdown are still being worked upon.
“During the meeting we were asked to submit the list of studios where the shoots happen. The maximum number of TV producers are with IFTPC (Indian Film and Television Producers Council) and we have come together to make an SOP (Standard Operating Practices) because we know the ground reality and how the shootings happen,” he revealed.
However, producer JD Majethia revealed that while no date has been set for the beginning of shoots, the scripts of existing projectsAs for the major changes in scripts, he told the portal that not only will there be no kisses in intimate scenes and hugs, but there will also be no grand and lavish festivities scenes being shot anytime soon. “First we wrote scripts and arranged things, but now scripts will be written keeping the situation in mind. There will be no wedding, festival, crowd sequences, large action sequences. We can’t shoot these situations. We can’t shoot hug, kiss, intimate scenes. Our life is not going to be that easy. We have asked for SOP (Standard Operating Practices) from everyone and it will be followed by everyone. From producers to junior artist, everyone has to file it. We have filed broadcasters and (IFTPC ) to the Government authorities,” the Khichdi producer disclosed.
Majethia is also optimistic that shootings can take place with limited people on the sets, just like how they managed in March, before the country went into lockdown.
JD Majethia also revealed that the CM has requested that shoots be limited to Maharashtra only and no outdoor schedules to be fixed as of now.