Coronavirus crisis: Producers Guild of India sets up relief fund for daily wage earners affected by halting of shoots
Siddharth Roy Kapur, the president of the Producers Guild of India, announced that as all shoots have been halted from March 19 to 21, they have set up a relief fund to help daily wage earners.Updated: Mar 17, 2020 21:39 IST
The Producers Guild of India has set up a relief fund for daily wage workers who will be hit by the complete shutdown of all film, television show and web series shoots from March 19 to 31. The shoots have been halted as a precautionary measure amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“In light of the complete shutdown of all production related activity for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there is bound to be a significant impact on the lives and livelihoods of daily wage earners in the industry. The Producers Guild has decided to set up a relief fund to help support those most affected by the shutdown. We would encourage the entire fraternity to contribute to the fund, to ensure that we can do all we can to minimise the disruption in the lives of our valued colleagues and associates in this difficult time,” Siddharth Roy Kapur, president of the Producers Guild of India, said in a statement.
Producers Guild of India sets up Relief Fund for workers affected by production shutdown owing to the COVID-19 epidemic-Official Statement#SiddharthRoyKapur @kulmeetmakkar #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/OGARZbDWxl— producersguildindia (@producers_guild) March 17, 2020
Earlier this week, the leading film bodies – the Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA), Western India Film Producers’ Association (WIFPA), Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC), Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) and Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) – came to a consensus to stop the shooting of all formats of entertainment, after a joint meeting.
Filmmakers Sudhir Mishra, Anubhav Sinha, Hansal Mehta, Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap were among the people in the film industry who had earlier raised concerns about the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on daily wage earners such as light boys, junior artistes and set workers.
Shouldn’t we in the film industry set up a fund for the junior technicians , our light boys , set workers , sound assistants etc . @anubhavsinha @mehtahansal @ashokepandit @sushant_says @nairsameer @nikkhiladvani— Sudhir Mishra (@IAmSudhirMishra) March 15, 2020
Too tough bro. The fund is easy to set up. Thought of it. get an auditing firm to manage it but who will authorize each disbursal. Moreover it is too time taking. I suggest if we take responsibility of our own teams it will be fine. I could be wrong like I was when I made CASH. https://t.co/JfUNp9xAew— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) March 15, 2020
While there was a discussion of a relief fund being set up, Sinha suggested that it would be easier for each filmmaker to cover workers from their previous films. “The fund is easy to set up. Thought of it. Get an auditing firm to manage it but who will authorise each disbursal. Moreover it is too time taking. I suggest if we take responsibility of our own teams it will be fine,” he wrote on Twitter.
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