All film and television shooting will come to a grinding halt in Mumbai from Thursday March 19 to Tuesday March 31.
On Sunday afternoon at 3 pm all the film federations of Bollywood– IMPPA(Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association), FWICE(Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees), IFTDA(Indian Film & Tel vision Directors Association), WIFPA(Western India Film Producers Association) and IFPTC(Indian Film & TV Producers Council)—met and resolved to suspend all shooting of all entertainment products as a precaution against the Coronavirus.
Industry spokesperson Ashoke Pandit says, “We met on Sunday and decided to halt all shooting .We stand by the Government’s concerns and are following their instructions.”
This is a huge setback for the Corona-stricken Indian entertainment industry.Already reeling under the impact of movie theatres’ closure across the country, the suspension of shooting will be calamitous for the television industry which moves on a day-to-day basis supplying content to television channels.
Daily soaps would just have to do repeats on air until the situation normalizes.As for the films,nearly every film underproduction will suffer a huge blow because of this rude interruption.The losses, say trade experts, will run into hundreds of crores of rupees.