Bombay High Court on Friday permitted actors above 65 to resume shooting.

Earlier, the Maharashtra government had passed a regulation barring senior actors above that age limit from shooting owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is to inform that though under the unlock conditions the State of Maharashtra had allowed the shooting of films and serials but had imposed the condition that the persons above the age of 65 and above will not be entitled to participate in the shooting process either as Artist or as crew members,” stated a press release.

“IMPPA along with one Mr Pramod Pandey had challenged the validity of the said directions before the Hon’ble High Court Mumbai and accordingly, by an order passed today the said Petition has been allowed by the Hon’ble High Court by holding that no such restriction could be imposed on the basis of age of the persons and clarified that only precautionary guidelines which are applicable to all other business shall be applicable and no specific condition can be imposed in respect of a particular section. Copy of the order is awaited and in the meanwhile, the present press release is being issued. Advocate Ashok M. Saraogi appeared for IMPPA in the matter,” the release added.

The petition was filed by senior Bollywood actor Pramod Pandey on July 21 challenging the Maharashtra government directive that actors above 65 years cannot shoot owing to the pandemic.

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