The Novel Coronavirus has been affecting everyone, with major spike in registered cases and various degrees of lockdown imposed in different states. After a strict lockdown was imposed nationwide in March, many were severely impacted, in terms of loss of jobs and salary cuts. However, the government effectively started Unlock 1 and 2 a while ago and gave permission for restricted movement. Film and TV shoots were also allowed to resume, with a set of guidelines in place. Artistes and support staff above the age of 65 cannot resume work, as they stand a higher of risk of contracting the virus. According to the latest report in Mumbai Mirror, the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) has approached the High Court against state government guidelines for prohibiting individuals above 65 years of age from indulging in their work. A petition on the same was filed which claimed that people are in starving condition.
The report further mentioned that a petition was filed, which was filed through Advocate Ashok Saraogi, earlier this week in order to seek justice. The tabloid also carried a statement from the petition that states, "As per the list available with the petitioner, there are thousands of people aged above 65 years who were participating in shooting of programmes prior to the lockdown. The shootings of such films and programmes have been left in-between due to non-availability of such people."
The petition also mentioned how the industry is in starving condition after the trade came to a standstill. People are dying by suicide. “The entire trade has come to a standstill and all those concerned with the industry are in starving condition. Some of them have also committed suicide,” the petition claims.
Meanwhile, looking at the condition, Ajay Devgn made a huge contribution to the daily wage workers from the entertainment industry who were affected by the lockdown in the country. He has made a donation of 51 lakhs towards Federation of Western India Cinema Employees.
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