When will Tamil film shoots and other works resume?

Though the Central government has given nod to film shoots, works in Tamil film industry would resume only after the Tamil Nadu government gives its permission, sources said.

“We are hopeful of getting the nod from the State government within a week. After that, shoots would start by following all safety protocols,” said a senior industry member.

Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, released a set of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) while allowing the shooting of the film and TV shows to resume all across the country.

In his official video statement, Javadekar informed that the film industry provides employment to many people and contributes to the country’s economy, therefore, it is time to allow the industry to work under the set system to fight coronavirus.

The guidelines also call for ensuring that temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30°C; recirculation of air will be avoided to the extent possible; and cross ventilation has to be ensured.

Production houses were also asked to ensure visitors and audience were not allowed on sets. For outdoor shooting, necessary coordination with the local authorities will have to be ensured to minimise and manage spectators. Staggered call and pack-up timings for different production units shall be ensured by studios having multiple sets.

“Common locations such as sets, cafeteria, make-up rooms, edit rooms, vanity vans, washrooms, etc. shall be sanitized regularly. Sensitive equipment, while keeping in consideration the delicate nature and technical feasibility, shall be sanitized, to the extent possible, before and after the shoot. Adequate provisions for rational use of gloves, boots, masks, PPE, etc. shall be undertaken,” the guidelines said.