The Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi had always been in controversies right from its beginning. Earlier, it was Sonu Sood’s sudden exit that delayed the schedule, now the makers of the film are yet to clear the dues of approximately Rs 1.5 crores to the workers and junior artists, according to Federation of Western India Cine Employees.
The film is currently under post production and the makers are shooting some of its parts in Film City, Mumbai and as per the latest news, the shoot came to a halt on Wednesday due to the aforementioned reason.
Talking about the issue, the General Secretary of Federation of Western India Cine Employees, Ashok Dubey, said, “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 vendors and Rs 25 lakh to junior artistes. The producer [Kamal Jain] had promised to make the payment by October but he has not fulfilled his commitment.”
He also added, “There was some patch-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 said he will not pay the workers if the shooting comes to a halt.”
He also said that they will send a letter to the production company to clear the dues and they will also send a letter to CBFC to not give the movie the clearance till then. Talking about it ,Dubey said, “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 the Labour committee. ”
Directed by Krish Jagarlamudi, the film is slated to release on 25th January next year.
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