Mumbai: On Sunday, Maharashtra state govt. remarked that the decision to inhibit actors aged above 65 years (senior citizens) from attending shoots on film and television sets was made in the general interest of elderly people for protection against Coronavirus infection and not to discriminate them for others.
The government, further said that no data or statistics were considered while prohibiting those above the age of 65 on sets of film and TV shows.
An affidavit was filed by Prasad Mahajan, on Saturday, under Secretary in the state department in tourism and cultural affairs, in response to a petition filed by Pramod Pandey against the guidelines issued by the state govt. in the view of Coronavirus infection, stating that no cast/crew members aged above 65 years will be allowed to film or television shooting sets.
The said condition is not to deprive any cast/crew members above the age of 65 years nor can it be termed as discriminatory as interest of the cast and crew has been protected and balance is maintained by permitting them to either work from home or over video conferencing or other video sharing apps,” the affidavit said.
“Those persons who are unable to go to the studios can work from home and earn their livelihood as being done by many individuals in private offices. If this too is not possible, then alternative arrangements should be adopted for earning livelihood and survival in this COVID-19 pandemic situation,” remarked the government.