On Saturday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked film and television makers to communicate with the police regarding the location and timing of their shooting schedules in and around Mumbai, after they demanded an extension of the shooting time beyond the 4 p.m. deadline.
The CM, speaking virtually to members of the Film Producers Guild, urged them to guarantee that COVID-19 detection tests are undertaken on a regular basis, that guidelines are followed, and that vaccination of cinema artists and personnel be expedited.
The meeting was attended by Mumbai police commissioner Hemant Nagrale and filmmakers Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehra, Ritesh Sidhwani, Nagraj Manjule, and Subodh Bhave, among others.
According to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), the Guild requested an extension of the shooting time beyond 4 p.m. and assured that they would continue to follow COVID guidelines. According to the CM, Maharashtra is one of the states where the number of new infections is not decreasing. Viruses are spreading despite a bio bubble system for sporting events.
“Mumbai Police will seek details of the shooting locations and timings. A nodal officer should be appointed to ensure all COVID-19 rules are followed,” the CM said.