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Written by Sana Farzeen | Mumbai | Updated: May 27, 2020 7:06:18 pm
preksha mehta Preksha Mehta passed away on Monday (Photo: Preksha Mehta/Instagram)

On Monday, Producers Guild of India released a set of recommendations for the film and television industry to follow once they resume shooting. The organisation has asked the industry to follow these rules strictly.

The Guild took to Twitter and thanked Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for “considering requests from the film and TV industry to resume work safely” and released its list of recommended SOPs, to be instituted “whenever we are granted permission to resume production activities.”

In a detailed presentation, the cast and crew have been asked to adhere to rules, some of which include wearing a three-layered mask and gloves at all times, avoiding physical contact of any nature and sanitizing surfaces and hands during every entry and exit of a shoot.

Keeping a check on temperature, signing fitness declarations, having two junior level doctors and a certified nurse for the initial three months were also a few other rules announced by the guild.

Also, discussions are afoot about having fewer crew members on the set. However, actor-choreographer Jyothi Tommaar questioned “at what cost?” would these changes be implemented. She told, “We talk about shooting with 30 per cent people but how will it be possible? Everyone’s job is important while filming, and how will we manage without the rest. All these cost-cutting will come with a cost, and we will have to decide if we are okay paying for it. Production value, quality and speed will get affected. We know that it’s really going to affect all of us big time.”

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19:05 (IST)27 May 2020
Gunjan Utreja talks about importance of mental health

Actor-host Gunjan Utreja feels that people should start focusing on mental health as much as they worry about physical being. “Mental health is an issue and I have been very vocal of the same. I have been suggesting everyone around me to start focusing on deep breathing and if possible eventually find your way to meditation. It will help us not only during this pandemic but also in life.'

'I would also like to urge everyone around to talk to your family about your feelings. They are our best friends. One can also confide in professionals for help. And don’t look at this pandemic as barrier. Take this as an opportunity to create and reboot your self,” he added 

18:28 (IST)27 May 2020
Checkout Shivin Narang's new look

Beyhadh 2 actor Shivin Narang has got himself a new look during the lockdown. The actor has trimmed his moustache to now flaunt a Charlie Chaplin look.

Here's his latest photo:

15:09 (IST)27 May 2020
Arjun Bijlani and Surbhi Chandna pay condolences

Actor Arjun Bijlani tweeted about Preksha Mehta's death. He wrote, "Heard another actor committed suicide. Condolences to the family. #PrekshaMehta rip." Ishqbaaz actor Surbhi Chandna also replied on his post writing, "Devastating".

13:57 (IST)27 May 2020
"Talk it out", suggests Karan Wahi

In an Instagram story, Karan Wahi suggested fans to keep a check on their friends, and ask them how they are feeling. He shared that this is the most important conversation that one should have at this moment. The actor also used the hashtag #TalkItOut on his post.

12:49 (IST)27 May 2020
Divya Agarwal posts about Preksha Mehta

Ace of Space winner Divya Agarwal posted an Instagram story with a picture of Preksha Mehta. She wrote 'suicide is not an option guys. I know life is difficult, fight it."

12:00 (IST)27 May 2020
Karan Kundrra mourns Preksha Mehta's untimely death

Karan Kundrra took to Twitter to talk about the death of Preksha Mehta. Taking a hint from Mehta's last Instagram story, he wrote, ‘Sabse bura hota hai sapno ka marr jaana’ another television actor has committed suicide and this is what she posted last on her Instagram #prekshamehta this is extremely sad! You were so young.. you had your entire life in front of you! We need to talk more about mental health.."

Kundrra also added that it's important to look out for people, who are going through a low phase in life. "A look at her Instagram shows nothing out of the ordinary, which just shows how much more we need to care about people around us in these tough times and not just assume they’re fine! RIP little one, we shall pray for you! This too shall pass!," he wrote.

11:12 (IST)27 May 2020
TV actor Preksha Mehta commits suicide

Television actor Preksha Mehta committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in Indore on Monday. She was 25.

After working in theatre in Madhya Pradesh, Preksha Mehta moved to Mumbai in 2018. Preksha starred in shows like Crime Patrol, Laal Ishq and Meri Durga. She was also a part of Akshay Kumar starrer Padman. (Read more here)

19:03 (IST)26 May 2020
Arjun Bijlani's building sealed

While Arjun Bijlani has been home during the lockdown, recent developments in his building have made him more cautious. A househelp in one of the flats in his building has tested positive for coronavirus. Following the protocols, the BMC has sealed his building till further notice.

Shared Bijlani, "I am more worried now because I have a five-year-old son at home. But, I am going to stay positive and pray that it doesn’t affect my family."

17:33 (IST)26 May 2020
FWICE submits proposed guidelines to resume shoots

The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has submitted proposed guidelines to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for resuming shoots. The industry body set out a list of rules to be maintained by the production team once shoots resume. Some of the regulations include getting medical check-up of the entire team, getting them to station at hotels or set premises to avoid traveling, lesser crew members and following basic hygiene protocols and social distancing.

Ashoke Pandit, Chief Advisor, FWICE posted the list of guidelines on Twitter.

16:40 (IST)26 May 2020
Hina Khan's special Eid feast

Actor Hina Khan cooked a special feast for her family this Eid. On Monday, the Bigg Boss 11 finalist uploaded a picture on her Instagram story flaunting her culinary skills. She also posted a video wherein she spoke about how her family enjoyed the Hyderabadi Biryani cooked by her. Khan stated that she has shot the entire process and would upload the same in a few days.

15:47 (IST)26 May 2020
Ravi Dubey turns director with Toxic

The much awaited music video featuring Ravi Dubey and Sargun Mehta is finally out. Interestingly, Dubey has turned director with this film as he shot and executed the entire video at his home. Sung by Badshah and Payal Dev, Toxic talks about how lovers can sometimes turn bitter towards each other.

Dubey shared the video on his Instagram and wrote, "will forever be proud of this collaboration with Badshah paaji and Payal Dev ji and of course an opportunity to direct my wife Superstar Sargun Mehta..we are proud also because we have created this with no equipment not even a tripod,respecting all norms of the lockdown shower your love and blessings🙏🙏..."

Checkout the Toxic music video here:

While Ravi Dubey and Sarun Mehta ace their job as actors, the song is however not very impressive. Also, with domestic violence on the rise during lockdown, some of the visuals can be a little triggering. The creators though have made sure to add statutory warning on the video

14:49 (IST)26 May 2020
Jasmin Bhasin's important advice on finance management

With shoots being stalled, the cast and crew of TV shows are facing major financial crunch. Naagin 4 actor Jasmin Bhasin advises, "One must manage finances properly at this time. Life can be very unpredictable. No one had imagined a lockdown ever. The industry is going through a temporary phase of a low period as shoots are stuck. Eventually things will change. One has to live life practically and sensibly. Money is surely important for survival but one must also have the right emotional support system."Read: No shoot, no money, TV industry survives on the hope of bouncing back

14:09 (IST)26 May 2020
Vikas Khanna donates more than 7 million meals

During the coronavirus pandemic, chef Vikas Khanna has been on the forefront helping Indians get meals. On Tuesday, the celebrity chef informed that he has managed to contribute towards more than seven million meals as of now. During Eid, Khanna also arranged for the biggest feast by donating food to thousands across the country through the help of volunteers.

13:11 (IST)26 May 2020
Dipika Kakar shares romantic click with Shoaib Ibrahim

Eid celebration turned romantic for Dipika Kakar and Shoaib Ibrahim as the couple indulged in a photoshoot. Dressed in black, the actors looked charismatic, and their pictures together will make you miss your better half.

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Before the day ends..... my most fav pic of the evening... ❤️

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12:17 (IST)26 May 2020
Ravi Dubey-Sargun Mehta’s music video out today

Popular television couple Ravi Dubey and Sargun Mehta recently shot for a music video by Badshah. Titled Toxic, the video is set to release today. Shot entirely at their home, Dubey also turned director for the music video.

Sargun Mehta shared on Instagram, "‘Neeyat to tujhse beintehaa mohabbat karne ki thi na jaane kab nafrat ne saari hadein paar kar di.’
#TOXIC Directed by the one and only @ravidubey2312 ❤."

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