A big news is coming in right now. Looks like more than 1,00,000 Bollywood workers have gone on strike over low wages and late payment issues.
While dancers, technicians and junior actors started the “non-cooperation” in Mumbai, even the big names like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan have now joined in.
Dinesh Chaturvedi, the head of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) said, “a film worker gets 600 rupees [£7.50] per day and a television worker gets paid 500 rupees per day. The least the producers can do is pay them on time.”
“Payments have been delayed by three months, six months, a year. And producers are hiring non-members to save costs. We are not happy to call for this non-cooperation, but we are helpless.”
All the shoots are off and 22 smaller unions representing everyone from actors to the spot boys are staying away from any work. Even the TV show shoots are stuck.
The strike has come at a time when Indian movie industry is booming with over $3 billion in annual revenues and the festival season is just around the corner.
While all filming work has come to a halt, Ratan Jain, the president of the Association of Motion Picture & TV Program Producers says that they will be preparing for a proposal soon.