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Film production to resume in a phased manner: Telangana CM

The Indian Express logo The Indian Express 22-05-2020 Kshitij Rawat
Talasani Srinivas Yadav, N. Shankar, Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, Trivikram Srinivas, Chiranjeevi posing for the camera © Provided by The Indian Express

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday met Telugu film personalities like Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna and SS Rajamouli among others to discuss the resumption of film production and opening of theaters.

All production activities and releases are currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

An official press release read, "The CM suggested that everyone concerned should follow the lockdown conditions, preventive measures to contain COVID-19 virus and conduct shootings strictly following self-regulation. The CM has instructed the officials concerned to prepare guidelines on how to conduct film shootings in the state."

The CM further suggested that he wishes for the survival of the film industry, but at the same time, the infection should not spread further. He said production can begin indoors with few crew members while following proper guidelines, and in the next phase in June, film shootings can start.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao with superstar Chiranjeevi. (Photo: PR Handout)

After a few days of shootings, the situation will be analysed, and further decisions regarding the opening of theaters will be taken.

SS Rajamouli praised Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on his Twitter handle for being empathetic to the film industry. He wrote, "I sincerely thank Telangana CM, KCR garu for being empathetic to us as we discussed the possibility of bringing back normalcy to the sets of films. He heard us patiently and offered much-needed words of solace."

In another tweet, he added, "He promised to bring to a resolution very soon and we may get back to do what we love the most! Thanks to Cinematography Minister Talasani garu for his kind gesture of taking this to CM garu’s notice :)."

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