ANINDITA ACHARYA, Kolkata: Tollywood actor and Jadavpur MP Mimi Chakraborty and Jeet, who were shooting in London for their Eid release Baazi, might have to cut short their trip and return to India on Tuesday due to coronavirus. The entire team of Baazi is said to be returning to the country on Tuesday from London. Mimi had left for London on March 13 to shoot for Anshuman Pratyush’s film.
When contacted Mimi said from London, “We are trying to come back tomorrow.”
Of course, the film bodies of India have decided to halt shooting of films till March 31 to contain the spread of coronavirus. And though Eastern India Motion Pictures Association (EIMPA) will also hold a meeting on Tuesday, sources inform that since CM has announced to stop shooting of reality TV shows, so shooting of Bengali movies and daily soaps will also come to a halt till March 31. However, a meeting on Tuesday at Nandan with EIMPA officials and minister Arup Biswas will give a clear picture on this.
In the meantime, sources on the Baazi set tell us that the recent ban by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the entry of passengers from UK, Turkey and EU countries from March 18 -31 is the main reason for Mimi and Jeet to return to the country at the earliest. According to the new travel advisory, no airline shall board a passenger from these nations to India.
After Mimi, Jeet and team Baazi return from London, it is likely they will all be quarantined.
Mimi has been constantly raising awareness against the deadly coronavirus on social media. But when she flew down to London to shoot for Baazi, a lot of her friends from the film industry and her fans had cautioned her. However, she did mention on Instagram that she took all precautions during her travel to COVID-19 infected UK.
Meanwhile, Srijit Mukherji and Kakababur Protyaborton team (actors Prosenjit Chatterjee and Aryann) have been shooting in South Africa since March 1. Sources say the cast and crew is also planning to return to the country. However, they are almost done with their shooting.
Though West Bengal is yet to witness any positive case of coronavirus, the city has plunged into a state of panic. The people can be seen wearing masks and sanitizers are already out of stock in pharmacies. On Monday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee advised the citizens of the state to be extra cautious of COVID-19 and avoid large gathering. In doing so, she has announced the closing down of cinema halls till March 31. She has also asked to stop the shooting of reality TV shows till March 31.
On Sunday, Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE), Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA), Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA), Western India Film Producers’ Association (WIFPA) and Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC) had decided to stop shooting of films, TV serials and web series till March 31 to control the spread of COVID-19.