Amidst this, on Thursday evening, the members of the Federation of Cine Technicians & Workers of Eastern India (FCTWI) held a meeting. President Swarup Biswas was present in the meeting and the members are in favour of prescribing strict safety measures for shooting.
Last year, after the lockdown, all the shooting units were asked to follow some safety protocols. Federation is likely to prescribe a similar guideline with some modifications and all the protocols should be followed from next week. Sources suggest, Federation has sent a mail to the members of Artists’ Forum, Producers Guild, TV channels and other stake holders mentioning the prescribed guidelines and the modifications. Right from the number of cast and crew members allowed on a particular project, maintenance of social distancing and regular sanitization of shooting floor- all necessary measures should be followed. Health check-up and COVID-test on a regular interval has to be followed too. Swarup assured that the Federation will provide all kind of support for vaccination or COVID-19 test if needed.
Last year, after the lockdown was eased, every unit was asked to continue shooting with limited numbers of members on the floor. Children below the age of 10 were not allowed. The senior artists over the age of 60 were allowed to shoot but with certain conditions. Later, the rules were eased gradually.
Meanwhile, in the last few days a number of artists like Ditipriya Roy, Manasi Sengupta, Jeet, Subhashree Ganguly, Chaiti Ghoshal, Krishnakishor Mukherjee, Tonni Laha Roy and many others have tested positive for the virus. Senior actress Anamika Saha is in hospital after her oxygen level drastically dropped. Krishnakishor is also critically unwell. Times of India