Chief Minister Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao declared that the film shootings, post-production works, which were stopped due to the lockdown, would be resumed in a phased manner. The CM suggested that everyone concerned should follow the lockdown conditions, preventive measures to contain COVID Virus and conduct shootings strictly following the self-regulation. The CM has instructed the officials concerned to prepare guidelines on how to conduct film shootings in the State.
The CM met with the prominent film personalities here at Pragathi Bhavan on Friday. Ministers Sri Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Sri Niranjan Reddy, Chief Secretary Sri Somesh Kumar, film personalities Sri Chiranjeevi, Sri Nagarjuna, Sri D Suresh Babu, Sri Allu Aravind, Sri N Shankar, Sri Rajamouli, Sri Dil Raj, Sri Trivikram Srinivas, Sri Kiran, Sri Radhakrishna, Sri Koratala Siva, Sri C Kalyan, Sri Meher Ramesh, Sri Dhamu and others participated. Discussion took place on the resumption of the film shootings, the revival of post-production work, reopening of the theatres. The film personalities requested the CM to accord permission to the film shootings, reopening of the film theatres. The CM responded positively to their request.
The CM felt that since lakhs of people are depending on the film industry, there was a need to allow the film shootings, post-production work, reopening of the theatres in a phased manner. The CM suggested that initially, indoor production works with less number of people should be commenced. In the next phase, in June the film shootings can begin. Lastly, based on the situation then, a decision on the film theatres reopening can be taken. The CM said the film industry should survive but at the same time, Coronavirus should not spread. Hence, film shootings with less number of people and by adhering to the Coronavirus guidelines and lockdown conditions, work can be taken up. The CM asked the film personalities to have a meeting with the Cinematography Minister, CS and the officials concerned to finalise guidelines on how many people should be allowed to be part of the shootings, what precautions should be taken. The CM said later, the government would issue categorical guidelines on the matter and give permission to the shootings. After a few days of shootings, an estimate can be made on the situation and then a decision on the reopening of the film theatres will be taken.