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Shooting of films, TV and web shows to start in Maharashtra

The production stopped on March 17 due to coronavirus concerns

Shooting of films, television serials and digital series, which were stopped on March 17 due to coronavirus concerns, will be allowed in non-containment zones in Maharashtra with conditions, said Maharashtra government in its Sunday order.

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The pause on production was hurting the entertainment industry as the television channels and OTT platforms were forced to repeat the old content for over two months. With this move, the fresh content is expected to return gradually on channels and OTT platforms.

Issuing a Government Resolution (GR), the Cultural Affairs Ministry said that producers will have to conduct pre-production and post-production works by adhering to the guidelines laid down by the government.

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"Violation of the rules will lead to stopping of the work," the GR said.

Producers will have to apply to the managing director of the Maharashtra Film, Theatre, Cultural Development Corporation,the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari in Goregaon, Mumbai, and to district collectors outside Mumbai for resuming shootings.

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The order stated that social distancing norms will have to be followed strictly with focus on personal hygiene.

"Crowd cannot be allowed to gather while shooting is on. Norms have to be adhered to while using the air conditioning system (on sets). Precautions need to be taken while transporting shooting equipment, artists and technicians," the GR said.

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