Bombay high court
MUMBAI: The entire trade has come to a standstill, Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) told Bombay high court on Wednesday and urged it to quash and set aside the state government’s directive that disallows cast and crew above 65 years to participate in film and TV shootings.
IMPPA represents thousands of film producers, including of TV serials, short films and programmes and even fraternity like artistes and technicians. Its petition comes a day after the HC, on a petition by artiste Pramod Pandey, questioned the state what was the basis of the age limit restriction on sets.
IMPPA’s petition, filed through advocate Ashok Saraogi, said that prior to the lockdown, thousands aged 65 and above had participated in shootings. “All such shootings have been left in between (sic) due to non-availability of the concerned aged artists. Even if the said shootings are permitted to the exclusions of the said persons, obviously none of the producers would be in a position to proceed with the programmes,” it added. It also said that the state directive is “directly coming in the way of completion of films and programmes, value of which runs into crores of rupees”.
The petition informs that “the entire trade has come to a standstill” and “all those associated with the film trade are starving and others have committed suicide…” IMPPA also prayed for a stay to the directive pending hearing and final disposal of the petition