Bollywood heaves sigh of relief! HC revokes state government guideline banning artistes over 65 on set

Updated: 08 August, 2020 07:15 IST | Upala KBR | Mumbai

With their productions starring veterans, filmmakers cheer as HC revokes state government guideline banning artistes over 65 on set.

Shabana Azmi
Shabana Azmi

The state government's regulation that barred actors and technicians over 65 years of age from shooting, as a precautionary measure amid the pandemic, had come under heavy fire from some stalwarts of the industry. On Friday, the Bombay High Court dismissed the regulation after a petition was filed by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers' Association (IMPPA) and senior Bollywood actor Pramod Pandey.

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The move comes as a relief to several filmmakers, including Nikkhil Advani, who has envisioned his next, Mughal, with Shabana Azmi as one of the leads. "We are thrilled as several of our productions were being spearheaded by some superlative senior talent. Kanwaljeet Singh [69] features in my production that is being directed by Kaashvie Nair. Fortunately, we can now have him on set when the shoot begins by the month-end," says Advani. Priyadarshan, whose in-the-works Hungama 2 features senior talent, observes that the regulation would have hindered the industry that has veterans Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah and Azmi, among others, at the top of their game. "If these stars couldn't work till the situation improved, it would have resulted in huge losses for the producers," he says.

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First Published: 08 August, 2020 07:13 IST

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