The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has penned a special letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray urging to provide special permission to restart TV and film productions in the state.
The Maharastra government suspended all the shoots in April owing to rising Covid-19 cases. As a result, many TV and film shoots moved out of the state and currently shooting in the bio-bubble format.
In the letter sent to the CM, the FWICE has stated that the media and entertainment (M&E) sector has been severely affected by the coronavirus-forced state-wide lockdown.
It stated that “lakhs of artists, workers and technicians” have been jobless for the last one and half years when the pandemic started in India.
“This industry has been providing work to lakhs of hands and enabling their families to earn their daily bread.
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“However, the lockdown of the industry has impacted the lives of these daily wage workers who have absolute no other source of income and are totally dependent on the work of the Industry,” read the letter.
The FWICE said an extension of the statewide lockdown will be a “setback” for daily wagers as well as producers.
“Not only the workers but the producers are also affected badly with huge investments already made into the running projects which have been to a standstill due to the unfortunate lockdown.”
The trade body requested the Maharashtra CM to provide a “special permission” for resumption of filming activities in the state.
“We shall ensure that the work shall resume with strict adherence to the SOP’s, guidelines issued by the government especially for the M&E industry.
“FWICE and the co-ordination committee assure you that all the rules and regulations of the government shall be followed by each and every crew member and all necessary precautions shall be taken at each work location,” the letter, signed by chief advisor Ashoke Pandit and President B N Tiwari among others, read.