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Safety of child artists in Bengali TV shows under scrutiny amid COVID-19 crisis

The rapid spread of COVID-19 cases has become a serious concern across the country. Amid all these, the risk of children getting infected by the deadly virus and the probability of a third wave possibly affecting kids, have become yet another reason to worry.

Meanwhile, almost every week, fresh cases of COVID-19 are being recorded in Bengali entertainment industry. It has raised a serious question regarding the maintenance of COVID-19 protocols on the shooting floors. There are several TV shows like ‘Kikore Bolbo Tomay’, ‘Dance Dance Junior Season 2’, ‘Falna’ and others that feature child artists.

Recently, Artists’ Forum issued an SOP mentioning some guidelines for shooting amid the pandemic. Though, there is no clear mention regarding the child artists.

Industry sources suggest, Federation of Cine Technicians & Workers of Eastern and other Tolly stakeholders are worried about the safety of the kids working in TV shows. They are taking the matter quite seriously. The federation is likely to issue a guideline in this regard. Last year, when the shoot started after the lockdown, child artists below the age of 10 were not allowed on the shooting floor.

Daily soap Kikore Bolbo Tomay’s recent track revolves around protagonist Radhika (Swastika Dutta) and her adopted son Abhi (played by child artist Aarush Dey). Speaking about the safety measures taken while filming with a kid, one of the crew members of the show says, “Till now, we do not have any instruction from the channels. However, we are taking utmost care while shooting with Aarush. We are making sure that a safe distance is maintained during the shoot. Moreover, he doesn’t have to come regularly. His mom is very concerned about his safety.”

Big Issue for Kids in Dance Dance Junior Season 2:
The reality show ‘Dance Dance Junior Season 2’ features many kids including participants and hosts Soumyadipta Saha and Udita. When TV contacted, Soumyadipta’s mom said, “The shooting unit strictly maintains all the safety protocols. Till April Laddu attended the shooting. We are yet to get the dates for this month. I am sure the makers will take care of everything.” The reality show is inching towards its finale.

Insider sources suggest that makers of TV shows, which feature child artists in prominent roles, are in search of an alternative track in case children below the age of 10 are not allowed on the shooting floor.

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