Die-hard addicts of TV soap operas can look forward to their daily fix once again as entertainment channels get ready to resume airing new episodes in a few days after a hiatus of more than a week.
On Wednesday, TV workers called off a strike — that started on November 10 — demanding higher wages and better working conditions after reaching an understanding with producers, who will resume shooting on Thursday.
“We are delighted that the parties have found a resolution,” the broadcasters said in a joint statement. “We will now meet with our producers and start production immediately. It will take a few days though for us to get back on air.”
After a month-long dispute, producers and the Federation of Western Cine Employees agreed that those in low-wage brackets would get higher pay, but there would be no increase for those at higher levels, said J.D. Majethia, producer of the show Baa, Bahoo aur Baby.
Iqbal Khan, who plays the lead role in Zee TV’s Waaris, is ready to report to work at 9 am on Thursday. “I am so relieved the strike is over.”
“The broadcasters’ re-run decision gave us time to work on our scripts,” said Rajan Shahi, producer of Star Plus’s Bidaai, which will also resume shooting Thursday morning.