Many shoots abruptly halted as a production head beat up a union member. Read on to find out more…
Film City is a prime hub for shooting films and TV serials, located in Mumbai, but recently all shootings were put on a standstill because of a strike caused by the Allied Mazdoor Union. This union consists of lightmen and spot boys. Grapevine has it that a union member was apparently manhandled by a staff from a leading production house. It was because of this incident that the union members decided to go on a strike and teach the leading production houses a lesson.
Talking to a leading daily a producer tells, “The union has differences even with Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), the parent body. They informed us a month ago that they have disarmed the wing and have nothing to do with the union. And that we can take legal action if they trouble us. They have made many unreasonable demands, including `50,000 for a show per month as hafta. They also threaten us saying they won’t shoot beyond a particular time and want their dues to be cleared immediately. No producer would want the telecast to suffer and so, we often give in to their demands. However, yesterday, they reached the set of a show and started protesting, which brought the shoot to a halt. When things came to a head, a production member beat one of them and the union decided to go on strike. The shoot at Film City has come to a halt and it’s spreading to other locations too. It would be a loss of 5 lakh per show.”
The TV shows that have been affected are Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Uttaran, Chidiya Ghar, Har Har Mahadev, Haatim, Saraswatichandra, Baani, Lapataganj, Ye Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and many other films.
Although Sanjay Shrivastav, the general secretary of the Allied Mazdoor Union has not given his take on the story, it is still a sad incident. No producer/director will want losses for their shows or films. We just hope this incident is resolved amicably and shootings of our favourite TV shows and movies can resume at Film City.