Bollywood: Movies to opt for COVID-19 insurance too!

In the post-pandemic world, movie shoots and production will no longer be in the same traditional way. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the world realise the need for action in these unprecedented times. Filmmakers-Producers Atul Kasbekar and Tanuj Garg of Ellipsis Entertainment have taken the initiative to ensure their future projects against challenges like COVID-19. The duo is in talks with a legal firm for the same, and this step seems to set a precedent for the industry at large.

Actress Taapsee Pannu and Tahir Raj Bhasin-starrer Looop Lapeta is likely to be the first film under their banner to be covered under the COVID-19 plan. The film is an Indian adaptation of German cult film Run Lola Run (1998).

Kasbekar, in an interview with Mid-Day, said that the insurance is still in talks and the team is still formulating the plan. “We are in talks with the legal expert, Anand Desai of DSK Legal. Insuring a film so far implied guarding the product against unforeseen incidents like the illness of an actor or occurrence of natural calamities leading to delays in the schedule. Since COVID is a new development, we are working out the details of what the insurance plan should entail,” he said.

The producer also added, “Hypothetically, if a crew member tests positive, the entire unit will have to be quarantined, leading to the shoot being halted. If the film is covered under the insurance plan, the producers will not incur a financial loss stemming from the delay.”

The producer also revealed that the insurance will be designed in a way that it will be beneficial to all, the crew as well as the actor. “Every filmmaker trusts a certain set of people on the job. So, in case the director of photography were to test positive in mid-film, the shoot is likely to be stalled till he recovers.Even if a suitable replacement is found in the interim, both the technicians will be duly compensated basis the number of days they have worked on the project.”

While talking about the movie, Looop Lapeta, the producer revealed that the Major portions of the film have to be shot outdoors, preferably in Mumbai and Goa. So, they can start the shoot only post the monsoon.

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