- “The producers should understand the plight of these workers”
- Manikarnika is at present in post-production stage
- The movie is predicted to launch in January 2019
Makers of Manikarnika: Queen of Jhansi, starring Kangana Ranaut, are but to clear dues of roughly Rs 1.5 crore to the employees and junior artistes, based on Federation of Western India Cine Employees. The movie, which is slated to launch on January 25 subsequent 12 months, is at present underneath post-production. The makers have been taking pictures some parts of the movie at Filmcity in suburban Mumbai. The shoot was halted Wednesday afternoon mid-way due to non-payment of dues of employees, technicians and junior artistes.
“It has been three months but they have not cleared dues of daily wage workers, which is about Rs 40 lakh. About Rs 90 lakh are to be paid to light vendor and Rs 25 lakh to junior artistes. The co-producer (Kamal Jain) had promised to make the payment by October but he has not fulfilled his commitment,” Ashok Dubey, General Secretary of Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) informed PTI.
The Film Studio Setting and Allied Mazdoor Union employees stalled work on the units. The employees union then approached FWICE to hunt their assist on this matter. “There was some patch up work that was remaining. We spoke to Kamal Jain in the first week of November to sort out this payment issue. But now he has stopped answering our calls. He had told he will not pay the workers if the shooting comes to a halt,” Mr Dubey mentioned.
Ashok Dubey mentioned FWICE is planning to jot down a letter to Prime Focus, an organization engaged on the post-production of Manikarnika and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to not work on the movie and provides it clearance until the funds are made.
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“The producers should understand the plight of these workers, technicians and junior artistes, there is no safety and security on the sets, there is no insurance for them. Besides this, the quality of food on the sets is not always good and there is also an issue of hygiene. We are also planning to meet Kirit Somaiya, who is the chairman of labour committee,” he added.
When PTI contacted Kamal Jain, he remained unavailable for remark.
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