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Exclusive – JD Majethia: Rise in COVID-19 cases is a collective problem and we have promised the CM to stand by him; no shooting will happen during the weekend lockdownProducer JD Majethia, who is the Chairman of Indian Films and Television Producers Council (IFTPC), was a part of the meeting which took place yesterday (April 4) with Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray. In an exclusive conversation with ETimes TV, he shared the details of the meeting and also revealed that no shooting will happen during this weekend. JD also shared that they will closely monitor this week and if they face issues, they will accordingly approach the state Government if needed.
Elaborating more on it, JD shared, “The shooting for TV shows, daily soaps won’t happen on Saturday and Sunday because of complete lockdown. As per state Government’s norm the production house have been informed and they have started working on their scripts accordingly. They will manage for this week and most people will have a bank of episodes. From next week, we will have to see how things will happen. We have to look at the bigger picture, we were about to enter another phase of lockdown but that has not happened.”
The meeting happened yesterday and Producers, broadcasters, Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE) and Cine and TV Artists’ Association were all present to discuss the rise in cases of COVID-19 and how another lockdown will have a severe impact on the entertainment industry.
“We had a meeting with the honorable CM Uddhav Thackeray yesterday (April 4) and we are happy that he understood our problems and complete lockdown was not introduced. Now, he has given us five days and every broadcaster has to think and according to the situation they will have to make a strategy for their channel that how they will make their FPC (TV broadcasting schedule) and what they will do. I am very sure that everybody will have a plan according to their shows, channel, marketing. I am confident that everyone will come together and will have a proper plan soon. But none of them can shoot on Saturday and Sunday,” he said.
JD, who owns a production house and has acted and helmed many popular shows like Khichdi, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, Baa Bahoo Aur Baby amongst others, stated that the rise in COVID cases in the state is a collective problem and they have promised to stand by the CM, “Government has asked the TV industry to not shoot on weekends till April 30th. But this weekend will play a crucial part as we will get to know the result of not shooting on two days and how beneficial it has been. If things are under control in the entire state, then we will once again see if we can approach the State government next week. If we will start facing issues at our end like the episode bank and all, then we will approach the state government with our set of problems. We want to stand by the Government. This is a collective problem and we have promised the CM to stand by him,” shared he.
Talking about the guidelines that they have asked the production house to follow, he said, “We are going by the original guidelines that we were following last year when we had seen the rise in cases but it will be more strict this time. There will be less people on set, production houses will start to host people on sets if they can, guidelines will be strictly followed, there will be no shoots which have major crowd, fights sequences, elaborate song sequences, shoots will happen with only limited people, no intimate scenes will be shot. Social distancing will have to be followed, actors will have their food in their rooms. All the SOP’s that were there last year in June-July will be followed again. We have started giving steam inhalation on sets to people. So there are new things that we have started and there will be more strict guidelines this time.”
Exclusive – JD Majethia: Rise in COVID-19 cases is a collective problem and we have promised the CM to stand by him; no shooting will happen during the weekend lockdown
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