Shocking News, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s production house Excel Entertainment has been accused by it’s workers, of non-payment of wages. The shooting of Mirzapur 3 has been going on under the production house.
The Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union (FSSAMU) has bought to notice that the production house has not paid the wages of around 300 workers who designed the set of Mirzapur 3.
According to a report, FSSAMU claimed that Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s production house has an unsettled due of around Rs 20-25 lakhs and they haven’t paid the wages to 300 workers since May 2022. Even though they are unpaid, the workers have continued to work on the sets of Mirzapur 3 as it’s shooting has been ongoing across Mumbai and Benaras.
Plus, Excel Entertainment has also been accused of making the workers work for “extended hours that go beyond the permissible limits as per the provision in the labour law.” The report further said that the workers are provided with the worst quality food and there’s no seating arrangements for the workers.
Reply to these accusations, the production house released an official statement, that said “This is the first time we are being made aware about such a complaint raised by the union. We would like to further [state] that the FSSAMU has not reached out to Excel through letters, e-mails or phone calls. Excel currently has seven to eight projects under production, and none of these projects has any non-payment-related issues. For the past 22 years of our being in the business, we have never come across any non-payment complaints. Excel has a strict payment compliance policy whereby we directly make payments to daily-wage workers and not to any union. We will investigate this matter from our end. We would like to mention that Excel enjoys a stellar reputation in the industry for treating all collaborators with equal respect and dignity.”
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