The Indian film industry has come forward to lend a helping hand for the COVID-19 warriors who have been risking their lives to protect us from the deadly coronavirus infection. Earlier on Friday, an official statement was released by the Producers Guild of India, along with a non-profit citizen engagement program called Project Mumbai, and Filmmakers for Frontline Care declaring their initiative called Mission Suraksha for those who protect us, especially the women cops in Mumbai. Film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to his Twitter handle and shared the details of Mission Suraksha.
#MissionSuraksha - especially for women cops in #Mumbai... Fully equipped tents and vanity vans provided across key locations... OFFICIAL STATEMENT... #COVID19Pandemic #CoronaVirus #Covid_19 #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/8NQzTHXMdX— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 17, 2020
Producers Guild of India (GUILD), on March 17, announced that they have set up a relief fund for daily wage earners impacted by the shutdown of film, television and web productions amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement shared on Twitter, Siddharth Roy Kapur, president of the GUILD, urged the members of the film fraternity to contribute to the fund to "minimize the disruption in the lives of our valued colleagues".
Producers Guild of India, Indian Film & Television Producers Council, Federation of Western India Cine Employees come together to support the most impacted daily wage workers through direct bank transfers @iftpcM @fwice_mum #IndiaFightsCorona— producersguildindia (@producers_guild) April 2, 2020
Official Statement - pic.twitter.com/wQzi5TtKkw
The decision comes after many from the film industry, including filmmakers Sudhir Mishra, Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, had raised concerns over the impact of the shutdown on the daily wage workers.
Various film bodies in India including Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE), Indian Film & Television Directors' Association (IFTDA) and GUILD has decided to put all productions on hold from March 19 to March 31 to help control the spread of the deadly virus.
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