The Bombay High Court has pulled up the Maharashtra government on restricting those above the age of 65 years from re-starting work on film sets. They were stopped from shooting and participating in any shooting-related work in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The bench of Justice SJ kathawala and Justice Riyaz Chgal included two petitions filed by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association(IMPPA) and actor Pramod Pandey and slated for further hearing on July 29.
The court further questioned the state government counsel advocate Purnima Kantahriya whether there was any way to stop a 70- year-old-shop wonder from working at his shop. Purima responded by saying,’there wasn’t.’
The bench asked that how can you stop only people from doing work and earning their livelihood?
One of the pelases said,’As per the list available with the petitioner, there are thousands of people aged above 65 years who were participating in the shooting of programmes prior to the lockdown. The shootings of such films and programmes have been left in between due to the non-availability of such people.’