Mumbai: Police commissioner Rakesh Maria on Thursday assured an Association of Advertising Producers (ASOP) delegation that permission for shooting will be granted at the police headquarters, under one window, and they will not have to make the rounds of police stations and half a dozen other offices now.
Maria said they will be issued permission from the Theatre Branch 15 days from the date of submission, if all papers are in order. A constable is also likely to be provided to production houses which get the clearance. For the traffic department's permission for shoots, applications will have to be submitted to the police headquarters from May 1.
The delegation, including U N Pandey , Swadha Kulkarni, Cyrus Pagdiwala, Arpan Fernandes, Gemm Fonseca, Ravnit Mahajan and Kinjal Tanna, had met Maria over the alleged harassment by some political unions and police teams for bribes if they did not have some permission. “When foreign actors come on business visas, some union members learn about it, come to our shooting site and try to extort money . After meeting Maria, we will send a proposal to the Union ministry to grant employment visas to them. It will help stop harassment,“ said an ASOP member. Many producers had shifted shooting to outside Mumbai due to such harassment.
He added that on April 4, while they were shooting with Shah Rukh Khan at Mehboob studio, 60 union members tried to stop them.“They were demanding Rs3-4 lakh from line producers. We cannot do much as they have political backing,“ said a producer.
Last week, a 12-member delegation of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India had met Maria.
The Times of India, April 17, 2015