Kollywood back in action as govt allows post-production work

The announcement by the Tamil Nadu government allowing post-production work on films and television projects to resume from May 11 was welcomed by the Tamil film industry.

R.K. Selvamani, president, Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI) said, “Nearly 10-15% of technicians can now resume work. As a next step, we are hoping that shoots for television shows will resume since this will impact nearly 40% of the workers and enable them to get back to work.”

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday said Chief Minister K. Palaniswami has ordered allowing organisations involved in film post production work to resume operations from May 11 with reduced staff.

In a statement, the government said for the past 50 days no work had been carried out due to Covid-19 lockdown, putting a question mark over the livelihood of many in the industry.

Work such as editing, dubbing, DI, rerecording, sound designing/mixing (with a maximum of five people) and VFX/CGI (with 10 to 15 people) will be allowed from Monday.

Further, production companies have been advised to obtain required travel passes for workers and make sure they practice social distancing, use masks, sanitizers, and follow all rules advised by the Centre and state government.

“Tamil film producers and small screen producers requested that due to the coronavirus lockdown, for the past 50 days, no work has taken place, putting a question mark over the livelihoods of many. Thus, they have requested the government that at this moment, post production work alone be permitted,” said a press release from the state government.

“Having duly considered the request of the producers, Hon’ble Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has allowed below mentioned post production work from May 11,” it added.  According to the latest regulations, editing work may resume with a maximum of five people.