TV shoots cancelled over non-payment of dues, were set to resume today

TV shoots cancelled over non-payment of dues, were set to resume today

Television shoots have been suspended in Mumbai since March-end. Things were looking hopeful for the cast and crew of several TV shows when the Maharashtra government allowed shoots to resume in Mumbai with some strict guidelines in place.

Shows like Kumkum Bhagya, Kundali Bhagya, Tujhse Hai Raabta and Qurbaan Hua, among others were supposed to resume shoot today. However, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) and Cine and Television Artists Association (CINTAA) called off the shoot. The two bodies have jointly issued a statement where they said that despite the directives from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, producers have still not cleared the outstanding dues of the actors and technicians. They'll allow the shooting to resume once the outstanding dues of the members are cleared.

"It is highly regretted to note that even after the strict directives issued by the I & B ministry to all the producers to clear the outstanding dues of the actors, workers and technicians pending prior to the announcement of the lockdown by the Government amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Producers have still not cleared the outstanding dues of our members. All the outstanding dues of our members should be cleared prior to the resumption of the shootings," the statement read.

Producers will also have to follow some instructions, which are mentioned below.

Shift hours are to be strictly maintained at 8 hours per day.
Payments to daily-wage actors, workers, and technicians have to be settled the end of the day.
All contractual employees have to be paid in 30 days.
Conveyance has to be settled the end of the day.
Mandatory weekly holiday.
Adherence to stringent health and safety protocols as per the directives of the government.
Health and life insurance with specific Covid-19 coverage. We demand a Rs 50-lakh cover for actors, workers, and technicians who succumb to death.
No pay cuts will be agreed by actors, workers and technicians post resuming to work.
No actors, workers, and technicians would be replaced for refusing a deduction on their emoluments.
Deployment of a well-equipped ambulance along with a paramedic staff (nurse) and a doctor at the location.
Meanwhile, shows like Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki, RadhaKrishn, and Pyar Ki Luka Chhupi have resumed shooting. Viewers of these shows won't have to wait much longer to watch a fresh episode.