Mumbai, May 4, 2021: Due to the second covid-19 wave, there are lockdown-like restrictions in most of the states of India which has affected daily activities. In Maharashtra, which has been the home of the Hindi film industry, the situation is really bad which has put many film and tv shoots to a halt.
Meanwhile, the next phase of vaccination has begun in India under which, all above 18 years of age are eligible to get the vaccine. Yash Raj Films, one of the leading production houses in India, has decided to bear the cost of vaccinating the registered members of the Hindi film industry. As per a letter to the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), YRF has decided to vaccinate almost 30,000 members of the M&E industry free of cost.
In the letter, the production house has mentioned that the Hindi film industry has suffered a lot amidst the pandemic and it is necessary to start it at the earliest so that 'thousands of workers can start earning their livelihood again'. The letter also mentions that the production house has made a request to CM Uddhav Thackeray to give them permission to purchase the vaccine and the cost of it will be handled by Yash Raj Foundation.
Later, FWICE wrote a letter to the CM requesting him to consider YRF's request. Talking about the urgency of the members of the film industry getting vaccinated, the letter mentioned, "Vaccination is very important not only to fight the disease but also to fight against the dropping economy of the state". The organization also requested the CM to provide all the necessary approval for the vaccination of its 30,000 artists, technicians, and workers.