On Saturday, Maharashtra government announced that film and television shoots can resume in a bio-bubble, with work duration not extending beyond eight hours. Two days into the decision, Yash Raj Films’ tentatively-titled Maharaja has become the first major Bollywood production to return to sets. Work on the period drama — which marks the debut of Aamir Khan’s son Junaid and is directed by Siddharth P Malhotra — will recommence this morning at Vijay Nagar in Marol, where a set lay stranded since the junta curfew was imposed mid-April.
A source from the unit reveals that producer Aditya Chopra sprang into action over the weekend. “On Sunday, over 100-plus cast and crew members, including those who have taken the first dose of the vaccine, underwent RT-PCR test. Of the people who tested negative, only 25 junior artistes have been summoned to the set, along with the main cast. Only a few key members of the production team have been asked to join in. The idea is to keep the on-set team to the bare minimum.”