We have received 53 complaints against them in 2yrs: CINTAA secy on Jamai Raja producers
Responding to the complaints and allegations levelled by producers of Jamai Raja after the actors claimed they have not been paid, CINTAA secretary Sushant Singh says the production house is a serial defaulter.tv Updated: Jul 27, 2017 09:03 IST
A day after the producers of TV show Jamai Raja filed a complaint against the Cine and Television Astists’s Association (CINTAA), the body has responded insisting that the government needs to intervene and set some regulations for the industry.
Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee, on behalf of Meenakshi Sagar (producer of the show), filed the complaint. He has also filed a defamation and extortion case against actor Sara Afreen Khan claiming she was paid more than what was due to her.
Talking to Hindustan Times, secretary of CINTAA and actor, Sushant Singh said, “Extortion? We helped her solve her problems! Just two days before the wrap of Jamai Raja, the actors had stopped shooting. We had a joint meeting and convinced our members to resume the shoot after she promised to pay soon.”
He further said, “We have received 53 complaints against Meenakshi and her father (Sagar Productions and Sagar Films) over the past two years and there were 16 complaints in the case of Jamai Raja alone. After months of efforts to make things work, we issued a directive to our members asking not to work with them. We even had a meeting where she assured she will make all due payments but did not fulfil the promises. We had no choice, but to go for non-cooperation.”
Talking about one specific case, Sushant said, “I remember there was a child actor - Rishabh Sharma who played the role of Hanuman in Jai Jai Jai Bajrangbali (aired on Sahara One). He was made to work for 16 hours and they delayed his payment for two years. After running around for two years, his mom approached us and we helped in getting the due payment.”
Sushant also informed us that Meenakshi’s production house has a total of Rs 15-20 lakh due to various artists.
“We contacted Ashvini Yardi’s office initially, but they are only helping with the creative department. They are not involved in the financial part,” he added.
So how can actors protect themselves from getting into such a situation where they do not get their own wages for almost eight months? Sushant has some suggestions for both the artistes and the authorities.
- CINTAA should have a more active role.
- We (CINTAA) should list the defaulters on our website so that artists can be aware of them and avoid working with them.
- Channels should directly pay the actors and not via production houses.
- Actors must make sure that their contracts are fool-proof.
- The government should intervene and ensure that the television industry, too, has a regulatory body and some rules are laid down to protect the interests of the people in the industry.
- There should be proper rules for working hours, payment issues and the like.
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