TV show Bhakharwadi’s crew member dies of Covid-19, a few others test positive
A month after resuming the shoot for TV show Bhakharwadi, a crew member died of Covid-19 last week. A few other staff members have also tested positive for the virus and the show’s shoot was halted on July 26.
Creator JD Majethia told Mumbai Mirror online in an interview, “A sad incident took place on the sets of Bhakharwadi. A tailor from our crew complained of weakness on July 11. The doctor gave him medicine for cold and weakness. He worked on July 12 and the next day he asked for a leave as he wanted to go home. As a rule of our production house, we keep in regular contact with people who are unwell. We also ask them to produce a doctor’s certificate when they rejoin the shoot. He was reminded on a group on July 19 via message as he had not replied to our calls a couple of times. He went for a test on July 20 and we were shocked to hear about the news of his demise when we called on July 21. We are in touch with a family member and are doing the needful.
The production house said in a statement, “Taking note of that, we tested his closed contacts and when found one of them positive, we organised RT PCR test (swab test) for everyone on the set and in this test, few more were found positive. All of them are being treated and will join only after they test negative. As per the guidelines, we stopped shoot of our show for 3 days that ended today. However, We are not shooting even tomorrow which is a 4th day. Those who tested positive and their close contacts, are isolated and are being treated. We pray for their well being and will take care of them as they are all like a family members of Hats off Family. They will join the shoot after they are tested negative.”
According to a report in Amar Ujala, the name of the deceased crew member is Abdul and that Majethia has confirmed that an insurance cover has been provided to the crew members as per the guidelines. It has quoted Majethia as saying, “The insurance money will reach Abdul’s family soon, we are in touch with his nephew.”
Bhakharwadi stars Deven Bhojani, Paresh Ganatra, Akshay Kelkar and Akshita Mudgal as the lead cast. Deven had shared a picture of himself on Twitter on June 25 and had written, “100 Days! Last I’d entered my house on 17th March after ‘Pack-up’ of my shoot. Today came out .. as I resume shoot i.e. exactly on 100th day. Pata nahi apne baare mein unnecessarily ‘What an Achievement!’ wali feeling feeling as rahi hai.. hehe..”
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