Around 300-400 members of the Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union have been working for Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment since May 2022 at various locations in as well as outside Mumbai. These are daily wage workers and are supposed to be paid their wages. However, the said production house has allegedly not paid the wages of these workers for the past 3-4 months.
Workers have now accused Excel Entertainment of extended working hours beyond permissible limits as per the provision in the labour law. Allegedly, these workers have received no payment for all the extra hours. Also, they are allegedly not provided good quality food at work.
The workers are so fearful of losing the job that they cannot raise their voice. However, the union has now taken up the matter with the said production house and with the government authorities, seeking their intervention in the matter and requesting them to get these outstanding dues released from the said production at the earliest.
The Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union has been taking up such matter of non-payments with all the respective authorities in Labour, Police and Ministry of State.
However, no action has so far been taken against the supposedly guilty production house.
We tried getting in touch with Excel for their side of the story. There was no response.