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Bell Bottom: Akshay Kumar restricts daredevilry to screen

The unit of Akshay Kumar-starrer Bell Bottom headed to Glasgow in the first week of August, becoming among the first few teams in Bollywood to kick start work in the post-COVID arena. Knowing that shooting in the midst of a pandemic comes with its own pros & cons, co-producer Jackky Bhagnani accompanied them to ensure safety measures were implemented. A source says that crew members, including the local drivers and unit hands, have been instructed to live within the premises cordoned off for the shoot, thus minimising interaction with the outside world. The production team is also ensuring that meals are prepared by specially appointed cooks to keep unit away from ordering food from restaurants.

“The cast and crew are staying together at one location. On a daily basis, oximeter and temperature readings are being recorded by a doctor present in the premises. While the sets are sanitised after the shoot every day, sanitisation tunnels have been installed for crew members to use before reporting to work. Jackky has ensured that PPE kits and medical equipment are constantly available, and fresh masks provided to the 145-member crew,” says the source.

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