Bollywood Ready to Function Again? Here Are Proposed Guidelines for Starting Shoots
Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has sent a letter to the Maharashtra CM, Shri Udhav Thackeray
After a long period of lockdown where shooting, production and release of films in India was completely halted, there may be signs of shoots resuming. The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has sent a letter to the Maharashtra CM, Shri Udhav Thackeray spotlighting the guidelines that all cast and crew in Mumbai would follow once shooting is resumed.
The guidelines are:
1. All necessary medical checkups to be mandatory for all the crafts and crew entering the sets while shoots.
2. All the craft and crew members to be stationed in the studio premises or a hotel to avoid travels and contacts with outsiders until the complete shoot is over.
3. Further measures will have to be put in place, such as providing crew members with masks and gloves, instituting extra cleaning shifts and ensuring that makeup artists and hairdressers dispose of brushes and other tools once they use them on an actor.
4. All the necessary personal care equipment such as face masks/shields, hand sanitizers etc. should be provided to all the crew members by the producers.
5. Healthy and hygienic food to be provided to all the craft and crew members on the sets by the producers.
6. Lesser crew members to be allowed on the indoor shoots.
7. Post-production activities should be carried out with minimum workforce and all the equipment to be properly sanitized before and after each use.
8. All dubbing facilities to maintain physical distancing.
9. All the equipment in the Production units should be sanitized at regular intervals.
10. All sets to have a fumigator for people entering the set
11. Ideally, all unit members to get a negative COVID test report to be allowed on a shoot, and post
12. Costumes to have multiple sets for use and all cleaning must be with disinfectants.
13. All rehearsals to be carried out wearing the masks and gloves compulsorily
14. Outstanding dues amounts should be cleared by the producers before starting the shoots, and the payments should be made within 30 days of the shoot.
15. People aged 60 years and above and pregnant women to be restricted on the set for 4 months from the date of start.
16. Monthly payment to be cleared end every month.
17. Daily wages workers payment to be cleared on a daily basis.
18. Minimum Life Insurance Guarantee Rs. 50 Lakh.
19. Ambulance, doctor and nurse compulsory on every set.
20. Every producer should provide minimum of 3 washroom and same to be sanitized every hour.
21. Proper dining area to be allowed with sufficient sitting arrangement.
22. Visitors strictly prohibited.
23. 8 hours Shift. Work to be divided into two shifts a day. Mandatorily people should be changed per shift.
24. Any person found COVID +ve during the shoots or during his travel for shoots should be mandatorily given treatment in a private hospital.
Says FWICE’s Ashoke Pandit, “The honourable Chief Minister wanted us to send him guidelines. And we’ve done so on his request. It is important to have clarity on the subject of shooting after the lockdown. It’s the only way we can bring the entertainment industry back on the right track.” Pandit also dismisses all speculation of Mumbai ‘s television industry relocating its shooting to Hyderabad. “Where do such speculations come from?” Ashoke Pandit wonders angrily.