Yash Raj Films (YRF), one of Bollywood’s leading production houses, began the first phase of the vaccine on Tuesday with the aim of employing at least 4,000 Indian filmmakers. YRF has pledged to include 30,000 registered members of the West India Federation of Film Workers (FWICE). FWICE has a total of 2.5 lakh registered employees. The unit for obtaining the vaccine is being conducted in YRF studios.
Akshaye Widhani, vice president general of Yash Raj Films, said the group is pleased to be launching the FWICE members unit as it will help the industry back down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This will lead to a return to work in our industry’s daily wages and financial stability for them and their families. The unit will have to be done in phases, given the large number of vaccines needed to cover the industry,” Widhani said in a statement.
In the first phase of the unit, the YRF said it would be able to accommodate at least 3500-4000 people.
The company, which is run by Aditya Chopra, previously vaccinated its employees on a former record and also began incorporating crews into their films.
Several YRF productions including Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathan, Salman Khan’s Tiger 3 actor and Maharaja were on the drama floors of a bygone era before the Maharashtra government withheld shoots in April.
In addition to YRF, producer Sajid Nadiadwala was vaccinated for more than 500 employees and his company Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment.
Last week the Indian Producers Guild (PGI), an association of Indian film, television and digital content producers, also started to get a vaccine for its members and associated production teams.
The Association of Indian Film Producers (IMPPA) and the Association of Screenwriters (SWA) have also announced that they will be organizing free vaccinations for their members.
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