UP gets requests to lift lockdown on shooting of films | Lucknow...

UP gets requests to lift lockdown on shooting of films | Lucknow News


Lucknow: With the coronavirus pandemic bringing the Indian film industry to a standstill, several A-list directors, producers and actors have sought permission from the Uttar Pradesh government to resume shooting in the state.
UP Film Development Council chairperson and noted comedian Raju Srivastava has written to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, seeking commencement of shootings ‘in the interest of the film industry’.
Additional chief secretary (home & information), Awanish Awasthi, who is also the chairman of Udyog Bandhu, confirmed that he had received UPFDC’s request and said that it was under consideration. “I can’t give you an assurance when the government will issue guidelines in this regard. The UP Film Development Council has given us a proposal and we will consider it,” he told TOI.
UP of late has emerged as the new Bollywood destination, with filmmakers exploring the virgin locations. Several movies have been shot in the state like Amitabh Bachchan-starrer ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ and Ranbir Kapoor’s ‘Brahmastra’.
“Several film producers, directors and artists have approached me to request for resumption of shootings of movies, TV serials and web series in Uttar Pradesh while following Covid-19 protocols,” Srivastava said.
On behalf of the film industry, Srivastava has requested the chief minister to immediately come up with guidelines for restarting shooting in the state, which would only help in revenue generation but also provide a source of livelihood to workers.
Talking to TOI over phone, he said: “Offices have resumed, shops have reopened, then why can’t films resume shooting? Film units can be asked to bring Covid-19 test reports to sets and everybody can be screened daily… Plus, the crew can be thinner. Restarting shooting would provide many workers a source of livelihood as the pandemic-induced lockdown rendered them jobless.”
States like Maharashtra and Telangana have already relaxed Covid norms and permitted film and TV shootings with a condition that the units would strictly follow guidelines laid down by the government.

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