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Bollywood wakes up to Covid-19 insurance

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 9th July, 2020 11:57:47 AM
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The upcoming Taapsee Pannu-starrer "Looop Lapeta" could become one of the first films to be covered for Covid-19 insurance in Bollywood, reports Ians.

The film''s producers Atul Kasbekar and Tanujj Garg are in talks with a legal expert to get COVID-19 insurance for their projects, and "Looop Lapeta" is expected to be among the first of their line-up to be covered by the insurance scheme.

The film, also featuring Tahir Raj Bhasin, is an Indian adaptation of Tom Tywer''s 1998 German hit, "Run Lola Run".

" Insuring a film so far entailed guarding the film against unforeseen incidents like illness of an actor or occurrence of natural calamities leading to delays in the film schedule," said Kasbekar.

"For instance, a crew member tests positive, the entire movie crew might have to be possibly quarantined. In that case, the producers will be covered from the money they are spending on days lost," he added.

Kasbekar also said that the insurance will protect their crew just as much. In case any of the key members of the crew test positive, they won''t be replaced unduly.

" In case, the director of photography (DOP) of a film were to test positive mid-film, it is likely to stall the shoot of the movie till he recovers or till a suitable replacement is found in double quick time to retain the visual language of the motion picture," he said.

"Looop Lapeta" was to be shot through April and May in Mumbai and Goa. The film that will 70 percent be shot outdoors has had to rework its dates completely in the face of the lockdown, owing to the pandemic.