India is currently facing the second wave of coronavirus. Maharashtra is the worst affected state with over 50000 cases coming daily. The state is in lockdown. The shooting of serials and movies is halted in Maharashtra. According to the experts, only vaccination can save people from this deadly virus. The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has written a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey. In a letter, they have made a request to provide vaccines for artists, workers, and technicians of the Media and Entertainment industry. Yash Raj Films has sent a proposal regarding their intent to provide 60000 doses from Chief Minister to vaccinate 30000 workers.
Yash Raj Films also wishes to bear the entire expenses along with the vaccination center set up cost and also incurred for the vaccines. It will also reduce the financial burden on the state. The production house also offered to extend support to make this vaccination drive successful. YRF has decided to vaccinate almost 30,000 members. They have requested Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to give permission to purchase 60000 vaccines. “Vaccination is very important not only to fight the disease but also to fight against the dropping economy of the state.” Akshaye Widhani, Senior Vice President, YRF, wrote in his letter,
“With the film industry going through an unprecedented time, there is an urgent need to restart at the earliest so that thousands of workers can start earning their livelihood again and protect their families. Yash Raj Films, through The Yash Chopra Foundation, would like to offer its support in this regard. We have sent a request to the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra to allocate and allow us to purchase COVID•19 vaccines for 30,000 registered workers, who are members of the film industry’s federation in Mumbai at the earliest. The Yash Chopra Foundation will bear all other costs too associated with vaccinating the workers such as raising awareness, transportation of workers & setting up of all the required infrastructure for the immunisation program. We hope our kind request is approved which will enable our members to be safe and also get them back to work at the earliest.”
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Currently, the shooting is stopped in Maharashtra. The daily soaps are shooting outside Maharashtra in Daman, Goa, and Hyderabad.