Mumbai: Filmmaker Ekta Kapoor’s next project ‘Dirty Picture’, which stars actress Vidya Balan as the South sex symbol Silk Smita, recently started out on its shooting schedule. However, on its very first day, the film shooting was stalled by workers union.
Apparently, the shooting went on for a stretch of 14 hours, which exceeded the norm of 8 hours and according to the rules, anything beyond eight hours is considered overtime.
The film stars Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan and Tusshar Kapoor and the work on it began just four days ago.
A crew member spoke to a daily and said, “We were shooting with Vidya Balan at Film City. The shoot started at 7 am and continued till 10 pm. According to the norms, a film crew is not supposed to shoot for more than eight hours. Though we got our lunch and dinner breaks, a regulation was still broken.”
An anonymous caller made the union alert of this fact by calling them and soon they came to raid the sets of the film where the shoot had been going on.
“Someone from the crew called them and complained. The Union people reached the sets at around 11 pm and asked us to pack up. Thankfully, there was no argument. They just told the director to wrap up immediately and were kind enough to let us finish the scene,” the source said to a daily.
Prem Singh Thakur, the senior vice chairman of Workers Union and vigilance chairman of FWICE confirmed to a tabloid, “Yes, we went on the sets and told them to pack up. I told the director that they can`t shoot any longer and they were cooperative. Vidya immediately got up and left. They requested to let them finish the scene for another 15 minutes. So we gave them that extra time and made sure everyone left in the next half an hour.”
He also added, “In the future, if the workers are being made to work extra hours again, we will stall the shoot.”
When enquired, Ekta Kapoor remained unavailable for comments.