Goa govt cancels permission for film, TV shootings

Panaji: The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) cancelled all permissions granted for film and television serial shootings in the state in the wake of the raging Covid-19 pandemic. ESG is the Goa government’s nodal agency which is empowered to give permission for commercial shootings in the coastal state.

Several film and TV serial makers from Mumbai and Chennai recently shifted their shootings to Goa in the wake of the surge in COVID-19 cases in their respective places, ESG’s Vice Chairman Subhash Faldesai.

He said all permissions granted for film shootings in Goa have now been cancelled till the COVID-19 situation in the State comes under control.

“We will not allow any shooting of films or television serials in public or private properties,” he said.

Faldesai said the State government has enforced strict curbs, including imposition of Section 144 of CrPC, which bans assembly of five or more people at one place, due to which shootings cannot be permitted.

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