“Why put children through this”, Amole Gupte on working child actors

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Published by Diya Khetrapal on 08 May 2021

With medical analysts predicting that the third wave of COVID-19 will mostly affect children, the producers must either wrap up shoots featuring children before the wave hits or completely stop it.

Film organisations such as FWICE and CINTAA are yet to take a decision on it, but filmmaker Amole Gupte, who recently recovered from the deadly disease, believes that children should not be allowed to shoot for films at all right now.

About this topic, the Hawaa Hawaai director said, “I personally got COVID-19 from a film shoot where I was acting. I lost 7 kgs in 20 days! Thank God I live to tell the tale!!! Why put children through this. Or are we going to wait for the 3rd wave to strike us in full force to wake us up one more time.”

Since Maharashtra is currently under lockdown-like restrictions in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, many shoots have been relocated to other states in order for production to continue.

On the professional front, the Filmmaker who has directed films like ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’ and ’Singham Returns’, also directed Parineeta Chopra’s recent film ‘Saina’, based on the life of popular badminton player, Saina Nehwal. The recipient of the Filmfare Award for Best Story was also the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society, India from 2012 to 2015.

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