ESG to suspend film shootings, TV serials until COVID normalises in state

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Panaji: The Entertainment Society of Goa on Tuesday informed that it will suspend all shootings of films, television serials, web series and music videos in Goa, until the ongoing Corona pandemic-related situation in the state normalises. 

The ESG will be moving a related file to the government on May 5.

Incidentally, questions are being raised over the ESG’s decision to give permission for such shootings in Goa, just as the state is experiencing a horrific second wave of Corona pandemic.

The ESG chairman, Subhash Phaldesai, Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’ Tuesday evening said that the ESG is presently discouraging shootings in Goa, and those taking place in the state are strictly indoor shoots, inside a rented bungalow or any other closed premises.

“The ESG has also issued standard operating procedures for shootings in Goa,” he added.

Speaking further Phaldesai said that whichever shootings are taking place in Goa, were given permission before the advent of the second wave of the Corona pandemic. 

“As of now no shooting is taking place in public areas like gardens, parks, streets, beaches or touristic spots,” he noted.

Phaldesai also said that the shootings were allowed by the ESG to financially help the Goan members of various shooting crews.

Meanwhile, the Goa Forward Party, bringing forth one such case stated that as per the documents available, the ESG has permitted film shooting from May 4 till May 13 for a Marathi television serial at Divar.

“This is despite the fact that the state has been undergoing strict curbs to control the spread of coronavirus,” the GFP added.

The permission has been granted by the ESG for Marathi television serial, “Bayko Ashi Havi” to be shot at Divar.

The GFP vice president, Durgadas Kamat tweeted, asking the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant the rational behind issuing permissions for shootings in Goa, just as the COVID-19 cases are increasing day by day, and there is shortage of oxygen, ventilators and beds.

The number of shootings taking place in Goa has increased as many states including Maharashtra are under lockdown, making it impossible to shoot in these states, while Goa faces no such lockdown.