Courtesy : Indiawest
Even though multiple shoots have already resumed, over and over, there is a range of actors that have ben talking about how they are feeling scared and even skeptical about shooting in the current enviornment. Indeed, all the possible measures are being taken to maintain on sets but one can never really imagine or anticipate an unfortunate occurrence given how the pandemic continues to grow faster than ever.
Only recently, we reported about how a member of the shoot of Mere Sai was contracted with COVID-19 which led to shoot being halted. And now, reports have come in that actor Jagannath Nivagune, who plays the role of Bheemrao's father in Ek Mahanayak - Dr. B.R. Ambedkar has been diagnosed with coronavirus. The news is also that few members in the crew have also tested positive and that all of them have been quarantined. The tests of all other actors and crew members have been done, and the results are expected to come.
Reports also suggested that he is already on the road to recovery and as of now, the shoot has stopped for a couple of days.
The production house sent a statement to Iwmbuzz which read, “We have always strived to create an environment which is extremely conducive, creative and above all, safe and secure. Considering the pandemic, safeguarding the health of all the people working within our Production Ecosystem, directly or indirectly, has become even more critical.
While all the necessary precautions were taken across all our sets covering important aspects like hygiene, sanitation, and risk mitigation in line with the guidelines advised by the Government of Maharashtra, it is extremely unfortunate that a member of our crew has contracted the virus. We have directly referred the concerned member to competent medical authorities for immediate treatment and care. We are in the process of tracing people who may have had direct contact with him and helping all artists, crew members and staff with all necessary medical facilities, recommending them to immediately self-isolate in the event that they exhibit any of the symptoms associated with the virus. All precautionary measures have been implemented at the sets, and as per government guidelines, the set will be non-operational for a period of three days for complete sanitization.”
Well, we certainly hope safety continues to be paramount over everything elset.