The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the film productions very badly. All the shootings got stalled, releases got postponed and the theaters got shut. It has been more than two and a half months since there is no activity in the film industries across India. Finally, the Kerala government has given permission to the filmmakers to resume their shoots. But it has also issued certain rules and guidelines that need to get followed on the sets. The producers are also demanding star heroes to cut their remuneration to compensate for the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The government of Kerala ordered that there should be less than 50 members on a film set. All the social distancing and sanitizing regulations should get followed regularly on the shooting locations. As of now, only the films which are in midway got permission to resume their shoots. No new film shoot will get allowed for the next few weeks. Apparently, there are around 66 ongoing projects in Malayalam, which are in various production stages.
Meanwhile, the producers are making plans to cut the costs of productions. Already, they faced huge losses due to the pandemic. Thus, they are now demanding star actors and technicians to cut their remunerations. We have to see if the actors oblige this request. If not, the government may intervene in this issue as well. Over the next few weeks, the other major states will also allow film shoots with a set of rules and regulations.