According tothe Federation of Western India Cine Employees, the makers of Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi have to pay approximately Rs 1.5 crore to the workers and junior artists of the movie. The film is scheduled to release next year in January and is currently in post-production phase.
After completing the schedules, the makers have been re-shooting some portions of the movie at Filmcity in suburban Mumbai. On Wednesday, the shoot of the film was put on hold mid-way due to non-payment of dues of workers, technicians and junior artists.
"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 artists. The 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) said in a statement.
The workers union arrived at the spot to help the Film Studio Setting and Allied Mazdoor Union workers. "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," Dubey said.
"The producers should understand the plight of these workers, technicians and junior artists, 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.