Kangana Ranaut’s magnum opus ‘Manikarnika’ is facing troubled waters, yet again. Federation of Western India Cine Employees has claimed that the makers are yet to clear dues of approximately Rs 1.5 crore to the workers and junior artists.
Recently the shoot of the movie was stalled in Filmcity by the workers. Ashok Dubey, General Secretary of Federation of Western India Cine Employees says: “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 the 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. 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.”
ASHOK DUBEY (second from left)
Dubey told that FWICE is going to write a letter to Prime Focus company and CBFC in accordance to strict measures that ought to be taken in such a situation.
The workers have clearly denied working further and want their money to be cleared first. They are clearly in no mood to listen to any excuses now.
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