Actors, TV unions must insist on safety on the sets

Jul 05, 2014, 07:47 IST | MiDDAY Correspondent

There is a fresh case of fire on the sets of a popular TV show, Diya Aur Baati

There is a fresh case of fire on the sets of a popular TV show, Diya Aur Baati. This show has been particularly unfortunate as its set had caught fire last year during the shoot of a Diwali sequence, and the lead actress Deepika Singh had managed a narrow escape.

Last year, the sets of hugely popular show Comedy Nights With Kapil in Film City, Goregaon, also caught fire following a short circuit, razing it entirely to the ground. It took more than an hour and a half hour to extinguish it. The worst case of fire took place in 1990, when Tipu Sultan’s sets caught fire, killing many and maiming a few.

There have been quite a few similar incidents in the recent past on TV sets. Accidents are bound to happen, but the question here is: what are the safety standards adapted by the TV producers to avoid such mishaps, which could result in loss of lives?

Safety guidelines overlooked
The Film and TV producers have laid down a few safety guidelines, which includes making sure that each of the cast and crew of a TV show is given accident insurance. But these guidelines are rarely followed, especially in case of TV actors, who are easily replaceable, thus putting them in a susceptible position.

Last year, during this time, the sets of Housewife Hai Sab Jaanti Hai crumbled to the ground, thanks to a raging fire caused due to a short circuit. It was later found that the fire was caused by a short circuit, because low quality equipments had been left open in the sets.

Insurance for cast, crew
It is time the film and TV unions got more strict about producers adhering to basic safety issues. No professional should be made to work in hazardous conditions, and it rests on the producers, who rake in maximum profits, to ensure this. They should also make sure that each and every member of the cast and crew is given the safety net of medical insurance, in case of accidents.

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