Jacky Bhagnani

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has brought everyone’s lives to a standstill. Even the shutdown of several sectors has led to the economy break down. As the nation gets ready to bring the economy back on track with lockdown restrictions soon, cine bodies also seem to be prepping up to get the cameras rolling.

It was reported that the Producers’ Guild has submitted guidelines of safety measures to be taken on the sets for approval. It is being rumoured that the film shootings might go on floors from July with all the precautionary measures.

Yesterday, actor-producer Jackky Bhagnani’s production house Pooja Entertainment which is backing Varun Dhawan starrer ‘Coolie No.1’ and Akshay Kumar’s ‘Bell Bottom’, released a statement which said that they are going all out to make sure the “highest levels of safety and health standards in all filmmaking processes” are maintained once the lockdown is lifted. ETimes spoke exclusively to Jackky and asked him about different aspects and how will his team ensure safety on the sets.

Speaking about taking care of various departments on the sets, Jackky said that they are awaiting guidelines from the government and they are even making their internal safety guidelines which will look into everything. He said, “We are awaiting guidelines from the Government on all work related to filmmaking. I must stress that work will only start when the Governement gives us the go ahead. In the meantime, we are making our own set of internal guidelines that will cover all aspects – from location, sanitization to hair and makeup departments to transport etc. We are also mulling closed studios to minimise interaction on the sets.”

He further also revealed that there will be medical assistance on the sets all the times. He even revealed about the number of people they would include in the shooting process. “What industry guilds decide as norms will have to be followed because in order to bring the industry back on track, we will have to be united and work cohesively. There will be medical assistance on the sets at all times. I can’t give a figure of how big a unit will be till we don’t receive the guidelines from the Government.”

On being prodded further if they are looking forward to any international shoot schedules, he said that it will totally depend on the progress of our country. “Foreign travel will again depend on how the situation progresses within the country and internationally.”