Producers in Maharashtra gearing up to resume shooting

They have started the process of filling up application forms to obtain necessary permissions.

MUMBAI: Producers are gearing up to resume production after Maharashtra government on Sunday gave the official sanction in this regard.

The government gave green signal for the resumption of film and television shootings in non-containment zones.

Indian Film & TV Producers Council chairman (TV division) and Hats Off Productions founder J D Majethia told that producers have started the process to resume shooting of films and television/OTT serials.  

He said, “Every producer will have to fill up an application form. If someone wants to shoot outside Mumbai, he/she will need to take permission from the district collector. Currently, we are in the process of filling up an application form with all the details that will be uploaded in the course of next two to three days.”

After filing the application form, the concerned authority will scrutinise the details based on numerous factors like studio space, SOPs, etc. After evaluating the application and depending on the situation, they might be granted permission within seven days, he explained.

Regarding the exact shooting date, Majethia said it will be finalised after discussing with other producers in two to three days.

He added that every broadcaster, film producer and OTT platform will have to apply for permission separately. Shooting outside Maharashtra, however, is not allowed. The cultural affairs ministry said that producers will have to conduct pre-production and post-production works by adhering to the rules and regulation laid down by the government.

Producers will have to apply to the managing director of the Maharashtra Film City in Goregaon, Mumbai, and to district collectors outside Mumbai for resuming shootings.

Majethia clearly stated that they are filling up the application form after taking into consideration the well-being of everyone involved. He concluded: “Our topmost priority is to safeguard the lives of our people; we are thinking of all possible measures to resume the shoot without risking anybody’s life.” 

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