Coronavirus Scare in Bollywood

Film bodies put shootings on hold from March 19 to 31

Culture Desk | Published: 22:21, Mar 16,2020


Film bodies in India including Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE), Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) and Producers Guild of India on Sunday decided to put shootings of films, TV shows and web series on hold from March 19 to March 31 to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, reports India Today.

The meeting of the film bodies was also attended by the representatives of Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA), Western India Film Producers’ Association (WIFPA) and Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC).

‘The health and safety of our colleagues is of paramount importance to the Producers Guild of India. The industry’s united decision to suspend shooting between the period March 19 to 31 is the need of the hour and we fully support it,’ Kulmeet Makkar, Chief Executive Officer, Producers Guild of India, said in a statement.

‘In the coming days, we will discuss the details with our members on the modalities of postponing our production plans, keeping in mind the on-going threat of Covid-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and take further decisions accordingly,’ Makkar said.

Various events, award functions, interviews, shooting schedules have been called off in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

‘Important bodies of film and entertainment industry met today to deal with the issue of coronavirus. After a lot of discussion, we came to this conclusion that from this coming Thursday, all shootings will stop till March 31. After that, we will take a call,’ Ashoke Pandit, president of IFTDA, told India Today.

‘We have given a gap till Thursday so that people get ready accordingly, pack up and return from outstation. Our TV industry is an important one and even they will get time to organise things,’ he added.

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