New Delhi: Amid the covid-19 pandemic, many people in Mumbai are contracting the virus. Right from movie stars to TV celebs, a number of them have been infected. Recently, TV show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’s Goli aka Kush Shah and three other crew members have been tested positive for covid-19. In an exclusive chat with the renowned media channel, producer Asit Kumarr Modi spoke about crew members testing positive for the novel coronavirus and how the 15-day lockdown in Maharashtra will affect the show.
Asit said, “We had not thought of any possibility of going out for the shoot because the guidelines that came out 3-4 days ago didn’t mention a ban on shooting. According to those guidelines we had to take everyone’s RT-PCR tests on the set. So, we got everyone tested and four people tested Covid-positive. But we had already home-quarantined them because while taking the test they were showing some symptoms. We got everyone tested on Friday, April 9. We have been taking precautions during the shoot. If anyone was a little sick, we would ask them not to come to the shoot. Kush Shah, who plays Goli on the show and some production people, are positive. There is no one positive in the main cast. All those who are positive are also home quarantine and everyone else is safe.”
Asit further said that he and his team haven’t thought of going out of Mumbai to shoot for the show. “We have not thought or planned of going out for shooting yet. But later we have to think about what to do because the artistes and the production team should also agree as everyone’s safety is of utmost importance. The option of going out to shoot is good but that too has to be decided thoughtfully because the workers who are on daily wages will suffer a lot. We currently have banked episodes for a week and then let’s see what we’ll decide.”
Meanwhile, Maharashtra is one of the worst-hit states with COVID-19 cases. And its capital Mumbai is also facing the wrath of the deadly virus. Recently, it recorded the highest number of infections and therefore, to control the spread of the virus, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra has imposed a 15-day-long curfew in the state. This led all the shootings of TV shows, films, ads and more came to a halt.