Dhaka, Bangladesh
Film, TV shooting resumes as restrictions ease

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Film, TV shooting resumes as restrictions ease

Rafi Ahmed: It appeared to be a cultural desert being created by an invasive pandemic with sporting scared off the field and film industry put on the halt. Stars in both arenas were engaged in live chats or charity acts to keep them in form and kick-start when next turn comes. Film shoots were suspended across the whole country, and the entire matinee world at large, amid lockdowns to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, for more than two months. However, film shoots have been resumed since June 5 as the government is slowly lifting the coronavirus restrictions and reopening offices and industries. From now on, strict protocols and regulations set by the government have to be followed on the shooting premises and those who are willing to shoot are advised to get tested for COVID-19 before coming back to work. This safeguard also goes for both the fields the world over. Khorshed Alam Khasru, President of Bangladesh Film Producers' Association, shared the reason behind resuming work in a statement. Thousands of daily-wage earners and their survival is the main reason according to his statement. TV shoots were shut down across the country as well for a long time for the same reason, and there were some surrogates devised as stopgap measures. TV shoots resumed from the first day of this month, with certain health guidelines. It was decided that the leading inter-organisations can cancel shoots anytime, depending on the evolving situation. Only two to three artistes are allowed to shoot one scene together at a time, keeping a distance of at least 3 feet from one another, and no production should be shot without a proper script as per the guidebook. The guidelines also require those who come to the shoot to stay in isolation for fourteen days after the shoot is over. Elderly artistes must be treated with extra care while shooting. Child artistes are prohibited for the time being. "Everyone in a shooting unit has to be checked for temperatures before entering the premises and wear PPE when possible. Lead actors have been instructed to do their own make-up and bring their own food from their homes. Shooting houses and transport vehicles have to be carefully sanitised before and after work hours," says one proviso of the official dos and don'ts. The directors and producers have to ensure that these instructions are being followed properly. Following all guidelines framed by the health ministry, shootings have to be scheduled from 10 am to 4 pm, as per government rules during the pandemic. These notices are subject to change, depending on the ground situation in the evolving 'new-normal' era, according to the instructions of the health ministry.

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