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Workers’ strike turns futile: Producers deny protests affecting any TV or film shoot

The strike held by Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) in Mumbai has reportedly not yielded any results for the protesters, including junior artistes and spot boys, who are demanding wage hike and revised working hours.

bollywood Updated: Aug 17, 2017 17:24 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
Bollywood,Amitabh Bachchan,Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
Actor Amitabh Bachchan’s much-awaitedSeason 9 of Kaun Banega Crorepati had to cancel shooting for a day due to the strike.

The television and Hindi film industry have been rocked by the strike held by Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) in Mumbai. Reportedly, the junior artists and spot boys working on various TV shows and big-budget films such as Padmavati and Aanand L. Rai’s untitled project with Shah Rukh Khan, have refused to work any further till the time their demands — a hike in their wages and revised working hours, including compensation for overtime — are met.

Season 9 of the popular quiz game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, is also said to have cancelled its shoot on August 16. Also, shows such as Vani Rani [& TV] and Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3 [Star Plus] are also reportedly facing difficulties in their shoot schedule.

While photos are doing the rounds of the internet showing a large gathering protesting outside Film City studio, leading production houses and concerned authorities deny any such ruckus or their shows getting affected.

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai was rumoured to be among the many shows affected by the Union strike

Rajan Shahi, founder of Director’s Kut Productions and producer of the show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, says he is ‘clueless’ about who are these people protesting, as everyone is inside the studios shooting for their respective projects.

“These are false rumours. Shooting of our show started at sharp 7 in the morning today [August 17], and the workers are [very much] there. Every scheduled film and television shoot is happening. The strike was unsuccessful because the workers and units are supporting the producers,” informs Shahi. Prerna Arora, who is producing the upcoming film Parmanu starring John Abraham too denied the reports. “Our film’s shoot wrapped up on August 10 itself. So there is no point of the shoot getting affected’’, she said.

A source from Star Plus that airs many of the allegedly affected shows, says, “These are only junior artists and nobody else. They want their working hours to be regularised, for example, an actor turns up late for the shoot and hence it is delayed by another 10-12 hours.”

A representative from Sony Entertainment Television says, “Our shows such as Vighnaharta Ganesh and Peshwa Bajirao are still being shot at the moment.No show has been affected in anyway.”

Latest reports mention that since there is so much of ‘disorganisation’ among many employees and protesters, the strike might not yield any significant results.

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First Published: Aug 17, 2017 17:20 IST