The sets of Bhakarwadi, Santoshi Maa Sunaye Vrat Kathayein and Radhakrishn has started their shooting amid the orders of the Uddhav Thackrey led Maharashtra government’s clarifications that while the lockdown of the government of India will prevail in terms of the maximum crew strength and containment zones, the responsibility of adhering to the guidelines falls on the production team.
The mandatory requirements during a shoot is the presence of an ambulance, doctor and nurse on the sets and also the thermal scanning checks to be duly followed by the team. In case of any suspected case, one dedicated vehicle must be available for immediate transport of suspected cases to nearest hospitals.
The shooting for films will resume a little later as they involve much bigger sets and lots of people unlike the TV production, where most of the shoots are done inside the studios and limited set of people. Though the Producers Guild of India has recommended new safety protocols and standard operating procedures(SOP)s, it’s expected that the filmmaking is going to get costlier and more time consuming than before.
Filmmaking is one of those industries where maintaining social distancing is a real challenge since it requires close interactions between actors, directors, production crew members, makeup artists, extras and spot boys.
The conceptualisation of shooting certain scenes or sequences which involve huge crowds in close proximity like dancing numbers will have to be changed.
Although the worst hit segment is the daily wage earners such as extra and spot boys who have lost their livelihood during the lockdown.