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No insurance for Indian filmmakers hit by actor’s jail sentence

While film insurance policies do cover losses from an actor's absence, these are limited to cases of illnesses or death

March 26, 2013 4:32 IST | India Infoline News Service
The recent jail sentence of Indian actor Sanjay Dutt has stressed the need of insurance coverage for losses related to an actor's absence.

Mr Dutt is an Indian film actor, producer and politician, known for his work in Hindi cinema. On 21 March 2013, Supreme Court of India convicted Mr Dutt in the illegal possession of arms relating to the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and sentenced him to five years imprisonment. Earlier he had been sentenced to 6 years imprisonment by a TADA court. He has been ordered to surrender within four weeks from 21 March 2013 when the judgement was given.

While film insurance policies do cover losses from an actor's absence, these are limited to cases of illnesses or death, according to a media report.

Such policies do not offer coverage for absence due to other reasons, meaning that the Rs. 2.5 billion invested in movies that will involve Mr. Dutt will be losses for film-makers, the report added.

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