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Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri gets general insurance to protect The Kashmir Files crew from coronavirus

The director's next film is due to begin filming in Delhi next week.

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With health concerns about work and the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the world, here in India precautions are being taken by a few filmmakers to ensure their crew will be safe. Filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri's next after The Taskhkent Files (2019), is due to begin filming in Delhi next week.

The upcoming film will explore the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from the Jammu and Kashmir valley. Agnihotri spoke about the measures he and his team were embarking upon before the film began.

"Keeping in mind the sensitive situation, I've decided to do a pre-shoot workshop with the crew to discuss hygiene measures and precautions that must be followed," he said. "There will be trained health professionals on set, and we will keep a list of ambulance numbers, as well as names of nearby hospitals, handy. We will also create awareness about fitness, and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle."

He added, "We are getting a general insurance. There's no specific insurance for coronavirus yet. Initially, I panicked, but I choose to focus on creative health. Human beings must be emotionally strong to be physically strong. We couldn't delay the shoot, because of the Kashmir schedule. The central government is promoting tourism in Kashmir, so there will be more people in the region later, which will making shooting difficult."

The film, featuring actor Anupam Kher in a pivotal role, will also have a shooting schedule in Mumbai later. The Kashmir Files is due to be released on Independence day weekend this year.

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