A senior producer from the television industry, on condition of anonymity, said that guidelines are too strict and need to be challenged. Another senior member from the producers’ body resonated and said that there are quite a few proposals that are very unreasonable. “There is one proposal that states if you need to replace a child on set or want to use more kids after issuing a list, then the entire shoot will be held up to register again with the district magistrate. Also, sometimes a shoot may entirely change location and one will have to go through the entire process again if it’s a new district.”
Another impractical requirement is that of a medical certificate from the entire unit if there is a child involved in a shooting. “There’s another proposal that a medical certificate has to be given for everyone coming in contact with children and police verification of the same has to be done. Given the vast number of people on sets, this will be a very time consuming and expensive exercise and will go for a toss if there is a last minute change in crew which is very common,” the senior member of producers’ body added.