On Saturday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray communicated with film and television programme producers, demanding that they adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines during filming. He urged the film industry to respect the laws set forth by the state government, as well as cooperate with police authorities in terms of shoot locations and time extensions. This meeting, which took place virtually was attended by film producers such as Ritesh Sidhwani, Rakesh Mehra, Madhu Bhojwani, and Nitin Ahuja associated with the Producers Guild in attendance.
Ritesh Sidhwani took to his social media account and shared, “A very productive and wonderful meeting between the @CMOMaharashtra, @producers_guild, @CPMumbaiPolice and task force! A genuine effort to understand some of the constraints faced by the film industry. It was great to have the assurance of the CMO to find a solution, with a commitment on our part to abide by the protocols and guidelines. We are all in this together @OfficeofUT @AUThackeray @MumbaiPolice”
A very productive and wonderful meeting between the @CMOMaharashtra , @producers_guild , @CPMumbaiPolice and task force! A genuine effort to understand some of the constraints faced by the film industry. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/eopws4AJXv
— Ritesh Sidhwani (@ritesh_sid) July 17, 2021
“Mumbai Police will seek details of the shooting locations and timings. A nodal officer should be appointed to ensure all COVID-19 rules are followed,” the CM said in the meeting.
Some major members of the Marathi film industry, including actor Subodh Bhave and filmmakers Nagraj Manjule and Ravi Jadhav, were also present at the virtual gathering, which was moderated by Aadesh Bandekar.