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Producer Vashu Bhagnani owes crew members over Rs 65 lakh, claims FWICE: ‘They live a luxurious life and come up with excuses to pay their dues’ | Bollywood News

Producer Vashu Bhagnani owes crew members over Rs 65 lakh, claims FWICE: ‘They live a luxurious life and come up with excuses to pay their dues’ |  Bollywood News

A day after indianexpress.com reported that Pooja entertainment Still to pay dues to actors, crew Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) president BN Tiwari said veteran film producer Vashu Bhagnani owes over Rs 65 lakh to crew members who worked on three of his films Mission Raniganj, Ganapath and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, PTI reported. Bhagnani’s company Pooja Entertainment owes Rs 33.13 lakh to director Tinu Desai, who helmed their 2023 film Mission Raniganj, Tiwari said.

PTI further reported that the production house owes Rs 31.78 lakh to over 250 set workers who worked on films like Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Raniganj, Tiger Shroff starrer Ganpath and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan. In a complaint filed with the Indian Film & Television Director’s Association (IFTDA) on March 19, 2023, Desai said that he had worked on Mission Raniganj from February 2022 to October 2023 and the amount he was supposed to receive under the contract was Rs 4.35 crore, but that he had received only Rs 3.73 crore.

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“A written complaint was filed by the director of Mission Raniganj in March last year regarding non-payment of his dues of Rs 33.13 lakh by Vashu Bhagnani. We contacted Pooja Entertainment but they still haven’t made the payment. They have said that they will pay the dues by July end,” Tiwari told PTI.

He added, “In February, they asked for a moratorium citing Jackky Bhagnani’s wedding through an email dated February 20, 2024 to IFTDA and later they did not respond. After FWICE wrote to them in March 2024, they again asked for deferral of payment, saying they would do so after the release of their film, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, but once again that did not happen.”

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“This is unfair what they are doing, they are living a luxurious life and when it comes to paying the dues, they are making excuses. In their latest email, they said that they will pay the dues by the end of July, but if they don’t, our employees will not work on their films,” he said. According to the report, there are around 250 employees, part of Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union, who are yet to receive a payment of Rs 31.78 lakh from Pooja Entertainment.

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“There are three to four categories of workers who build a set, they usually receive anywhere between Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,400 per day. The outstanding dues of a single worker can range between Rs 10,000 to 20,000 or more,” Film’s Maurya told Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union to PTI.

FWICE General Secretary Ashok Dubey told PTI that it has been a while since Mission Raniganj, Ganapath and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan were released, but still the payment of the workers is being held up. “The workers are helpless. The artist gets the money first, but our workers don’t. It is heartbreaking to see the condition of the workers in the industry; they have no job security here. Even if they take up a project, they don’t get the money on time. They have to wait for endless months to get their hard-earned money,” Dubey said.

Last week, several crew members accused Pooja Entertainment of not paying dues and firing most of its staff. In a press statement, Bhagnani had said that people who claim that Pooja Entertainment owes them money should come forward and talk to the team instead of ranting on social media.

According to multiple sources that indianexpress.com spoke to, actor Arjun Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar and Rakul Preet Singh (actor and wife of Jackky Bhagnani), the starrer of Mere Husband Ki Biwi is a production that is facing the wrath of several unpaid crew members, who are waiting for their full payment, despite production not being completed until 2022.

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First uploaded on: 29-06-2024 at 10:08 CIST