The Producers Guild of India is launching a wide-scale vaccination drive for its members and associated production crews.
Producers’ Guild of India and the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA), in association with the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), are organising vaccination drives for the cast and crews of film units in the coming weeks.
All the workers actively involved in the production process will be vaccinated in the new drive organised by the federation. The unions are collectively aiming to immunise close to 10,000 people, including artists, producers, daily-wage workers and freelancers.
There will be a six-day programme which will be held at Mehboob Studios in Bandra from tomorrow onwards organised by The Guild. Manish Goswami, vice-president, Guild, says that they are targeting close to 5,000 people. Those already registered on Co-WIN can receive their vaccination at the venue. This is being done in association with Bhakti Vedanta Hospital, and each jab is priced at Rs 1,000. The cost will be borne by the respective production houses. They may increase the vaccine rollout, depending on the turnout.
Major production houses including Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, Rohit Shetty Picturez and Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment have come forward to support and join hands with this initiative.
At present, the film and TV industry in Mumbai has no firm date for when it will be able to resume production, but there is optimism that mid-June onwards it could see some shoots get going again.
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The statement issued by them reads –
The Producers Guild of India (PGI), the premier association of the leading Indian film, television and digital content producers will launch tomorrow a vaccination drive for its members and associated production crews.
Through these camps, thousands of production house personnel and crews will be vaccinated over the multi-day drive being held at Mehboob Studios, starting June 1st 2021.
By now it is an established fact that mass vaccination is the only effective weapon in the long and deadly war against the Coronavirus that has ravaged the nation as also its entertainment industry. It is hoped that this camp shall contribute to the national mission of attaining universal vaccination and also facilitate safer shooting and content production.
Expressing appreciation for the many contributions that enabled this camp, Siddharth Roy Kapur, president of the Producers Guild of India said, “An activity of such importance and magnitude cannot be carried out singlehandedly and we are extremely grateful for the support we have received to make this possible. In particular from our members Excel Entertainment who played a pivotal role in securing the vaccine and Mehboob Production who very generously offered complimentary use of the spacious Mehboob Studios. We are happy that we are able to provide this facility to our members, their employees and the cast and crew of their productions as we work to get the industry back on its feet again in the weeks ahead.”