Shoots can resume in Mumbai from 7th June – Maharashtra announces unlock plan!

This is great news for the industry. A lot of shootings have been pending for a long time.

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Late last night, the government officially announced the great news around the unlock plan. The CMO Maharashtra tweeted the notice and also neatly explained the criteria for different levels of district.

Mumbai was earlier at Level 3, but the latest is that it has been placed in the category of Level 2.

Correction: Just in – BMC clarifies that Mumbai will fall in Level 3, so theatres won’t open but shoots can resume! As per the rules, shootings can be resumed from 7th June 2021.

However, one will have to strictly follow certain rules: the shoots will happen in a bubble and no crowd scenes will be allowed. Further, no movement will be allowed outside after 5 pm on weekdays. Moreover, there shouldn’t be any movement on weekends at all.

An industry insider says to Bollywood Hungama, “This is great news for the industry. A lot of shootings have been pending for a long time. Finally, the producers of these movies can heave a sigh of relief. Even the television industry will be happy. For a long time, a lot of serials have been shot in resorts in Gujarat and Daman. It was amusing to see that suddenly, so many daily soaps showed all major characters moving to a resort. But what choice did they have? Now they can finally head back to the city.”

As per the government notification, every Thursday, the public health department of Maharashtra will declare the list of oxygen beds occupancy and weekly positivity rate in each district. Depending on these figures, a decision will be taken whether a district needs to be moved to a different level.

Recently, it had come to light that producer Aditya Chopra had decided to dismantle the sets of Tiger 3, starring Salman Khan, as it was becoming financially unfeasible. Besides Tiger 3, the other films waiting to be shot are Shah Rukh Khan starrer Pathan, Ajay Devgn’s directorial MayDay, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Gangubai Kathiawadi, Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt starrer Brahmastra, Prabhas-Kriti Sanon starrer Adipurush etc.

(also read: EXCLUSIVE: Top Rated Hindi Films Of 2021 So Far, on IMDb!)

A trade expert however says, “The rules are such that not all film’s shoots will be able to commence. Also, a lot of producers have insisted that they would like to get their units vaccinated before going on floors. A clearer picture will emerge in a few days.”


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