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Non-payment of daily wage workers of Ranbir-Shradha starrer Alleged

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The film workers’ union Film Studio & Allied Mazdoor Union claims that ground-level workers for Luv Ranjan’s untitled film starring Ranbir Kapoor and Shradha Kapoor have not been paid for almost a year .

They also allege that there has been absolutely no help extended towards them by any Government authorities or the Police Authorities even after submitting their pleas in writing to the above authorities. The workers are left in a pathetic state where they are made to slog day and night without any money. These are daily wage workers who are supposed to be paid on a daily basis. However, they have been made to suffer by the producers of M/s. Luv Films by not paying them their wages for almost a year. The outstanding dues of the workers are more than 1 crore and the workers are now not ready to wait anymore to receive their hard-earned money.

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It has been now a regular practice of the producers to give contract of the project to the Art Director/Contractor/Sub-contractor inclusive of the labour charges. However, these Art Director/Contractor/Sub contractors do not pay the wages of the workers.

In this case the producer claims that the entire amount has been paid to the Art Director & Contractor/Sub Contractor but they have not ensured that the payment of the workers is cleared by the said Art Director & Contractor/Sub Contractor. The producer being the prime employer, responsibility of clearance of the dues of the workers lies with him. However, these producers have now raised their hands and rubbed off their shoulders from taking the responsibility of clearance of these long pending dues of the poor workers.

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When the representatives of the Films Studio Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union received the complaint of non-payment from their workers, they immediately issued letters to the Police Authorities and the Government authorities to try and resolve this issue. However, when the workers reached the shooting location at Royal Pump, Mayur Nagar, Goregaon (East), asking for the payments, the producers called for the Police and the Aarey Police station Authorities understood the issue and called the production controller Shri Ashish Khatpal who assured in front of them to call the Art Director Shri Dipankar Das Gupta & Sub contractor Shri Prashant Vichare, clear the outstanding dues within 15 days. But till date the payments are not cleared and no cognizance is been taken of our numerous letters sent to production house thereafter.

The workers were so agitated that they refused to work with the said production and had halted the work at Chitrakoot Studio. The production house had then come to the office of Federation of Western India Cine employees seeking their intervention in the matter and assured that he shall clear the outstanding dues of the members. The FWICE requested the workers to resume the work upon his assurance but the payments were neither done by the producer nor did he come for any meeting thereafter. We seek strongest legal action against such defaulter producers who do not pay the workers on time. Unless the entire outstanding dues of our members is cleared by the Production house, our workers shall not allow the said producer to work in the Industry.

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With festivals coming ahead our workers are unable to send moneys to their families staying in the natives. It has been difficult for them to run their daily living without money. We seek immediate action against such defaulter producers by the government authorities and the police authorities and immediate clearance of the dues of our members. Failing which we may ask our members to stop working till in the Industry till all such pending disputes are resolved and the workers payments are done in full.

 

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Aamir Khan’s Sister Plays Shah Rukh’s Mother In Pathaan

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Aamir Khan’s Sister Plays Shah Rukh’s Mother

Ever  since Pathaan released on Wednesday, audiences  have been  curious to know who  is the woman who plays Shah Rukh Khan’s adoptive mother in Afghanistan. The stately lady  with  royal looks is none  other than the late producer  Tahir Hussain’s daughter and  Aamir Khan’s elder  sister Nikhat Khan.

 Nikhat has been  closely  associated with the  film industry  and has helped her father in the production of his  films like Dulha Bikta Hai and  Tum Mere  Ho.

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Nikhat has  acted earlier in the Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal ,  Ajay Devgan’s Tanhaji and  in Sandh Ki Aankh(as a Maharani).

For Pathaan, it was Shah Rukh Khan who suggested Nikhat Khan should play his foster-mother in  Afghanistan who names him ‘Pathaan’. It proved to be  an inspired  piece of casting, as  audience have  loved Nikhat  Khan’s cameo.

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It is  heartwarming that  all three Khan superstars  are  associated with Pathaan in one  way  or the other.

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Anurag Kashyap’s New Film Is About Love Jihad

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Love Jihad, whatever  that means, is  the theme  of  Anurag Kashyap’s new film Almost Pyaar  With D  J Mohabbat.

Debutant Karan  Mehta plays a Muslim boy  in an intense relationship with  Alaya F who plays  a Hindu  girl.Kashyap has spared the  audience none of the ugliness that  such a relationship generates  among  social-media  bouncers, the self-styled  guardian of morality .

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In the hardhitting powerful and pertinent film  a  bigot is heard commenting snidely, “These people first talk about Mohabbat. Then  they talk about Mohammed.”

Happily and  surprisingly,  the Central Board Of Film Certification gave the  film a ‘UA’ certificate  with no  cuts: a  rare non-‘A’ film of Kashyap.

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So far  Kashyap and his  team have kept the Love Jihad part  of  the plot  out of all media interaction.

But the  cat is  now  out of the bag.

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu to Star Alongside Varun Dhawan in Prime Video’s Indian Original Series , Samantha Speaks

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu will be starring alongside Varun Dhawan in the Indian installment of the Citadel universe, the global-event series from Prime Video and the Russo Brothers’ AGBO. The untitled Citadel series based out of India is being helmed by renowned creator duo Raj & DK (Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK), who are the showrunners and directors.

 The local installment is written by Sita R. Menon, along with Raj & DK. The streaming service also confirmed that the production is currently underway in Mumbai. After this, the unit will head  to North India and then onwards to international locales like Serbia and South Africa.

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  Richard Madden (Bodyguard) and Priyanka Chopra Jonas will star in the first-to-launch series within the Citadel universe, which comes from the Russo Brothers’ AGBO along with David Weil (Hunters) and is set to premiere in 2023. Alongside Madden and Chopra Jonas, the first-to-launch Citadel series will also feature Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games saga). Additional local-language Citadel productions are also in the works, including an Italian Original series starring Matilda De Angelis (The Undoing).

  Speaking on  her participation in  The Citadel  franchise for  the  first time,Samantha says, “When Prime Video and Raj & DK approached me with this project, I decided to take it up in a heartbeat! After working with this team on The Family Man, it is homecoming for me.The Citadel universe, the interconnected storylines between the productions across the globe, and most importantly, the script of the Indian installment really excited me.”

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   Samantha  says she is  looking forward  to working with Varun Dhawan  .  “I am thrilled to be a part of this brilliant universe conceptualised by the Russo Brothers. I am also looking forward to be working with Varun for the first time, on this project. He is someone who is full of life and cheer when you’re around him.”

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Bollywood’s Achche Din Have Come

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All you doomsday  prophets, the  booms-day  profits  are here.  Pathaan  has  opened the floodgates again for Bollywood’s  bumper  bonanza at the  boxoffice.And now there is  only the achche din ahead  for  Hindi  cinema.

In the  next   two months there are  three sureshot  blockbusters coming up, beginning with Shehzada.  An astute devilishly impish  adaptation  of  Allu Arjun’s  2020 Telugu   blockbuster  Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.The super-popular Kartik  Aaryan gives  his own  spin to the  character. This  performance will take   Kartik to the  next level of stardom. Kartik’s version of  Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is  radically different  from  its Telugu  version. Shehzada  takes  the core idea of  the Telugu original  and turns it into a  something  completely different. Kartik’s  co-star in Shehzada  is  Kriti  Sanon with whom he earlier shared superhit space in Lukka Chuppi.

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 Then there  is Luv Ranjan’s ravishing rom-com   Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar. The director’s   male viewpoint on the chaos  of love relationships  crests to a comic  high in his latest. Ranjan  for  the first time, collaborates with Ranbir Kapoor for the  first time  collaborates with Shraddha  Kapoor  who badly needs a hit.This film should do the  trick. The winsome  lead pair tries  to do one  another  in a  game of Luv This is Luv Ranjan’s Hum…Aapke Hain Con. Ranjan  has in the past used  the romcom  space to  entertain his audience  to the hilt, he  says this  time the stakes are different. It is  not something we’ve seen before.

 Finally  it is   Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani.  Karan  Johar’s first directorial in six years(not counting the one segment each  in Ghost Stories and  Lust Stories). This time he has assembled a dream star-cast  of Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Ranveer Singh and  the  boxoffice darling(s) Alia Bhatt.  But trust me, this one is  not about assembling stars  into a complacent plot. The writing in this  zany Romeo & Juliet is so crisp  and engrossing, the experience  is  likely to be   the visual version of a multi-flavour icrecream cone. Colour, choler and karma collide in this tragic-comic love story . Let the  box office dhamaka  begin  from the house  of Dharma.

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