Actors and crew above 65 years now allowed to shoot. Bombay HC quashes Maha govt orders

Actors and crew above 65 years now allowed to shoot. Bombay HC quashes Maha govt orders

Actors and entertainment crew above 65 years can now participate in shoots. The Bombay High Court has quashed Maharashtra government's orders barring senior citizens from outdoor shoots and studios. Earlier, the Bombay High Court had asked Maharashtra government to explain the logic behind not allowing actors above the age of 65 to shoot for films. The HC was hearing a petition filed by actor Pramod Pandey on July 21.

The Maharashtra government allowed for the resumption of film and television shoots but had barred crew members below the age of 10 and above the age of 65 years from appearing on the sets in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. This had caused a huge challenge for the senior crew members, who were the sole earning members of their family.

In the previous hearing, the Bombay High Court had told the Maharashtra government that if the state does not prohibit a senior citizen from opening his shop and sitting there all day, then on what basis did it prevent artistes above 65 years of age from going out to work amid the current lockdown. And, also called it a case of discrimination.