Well folks, it looks like our brethren to the South East have run out of time on contract negotiations between allied Bollywood Unions and the Association of Motion Picture & TV Program Producers. Cameramen all across the subcontinent have put down their VHS camcorders and refused to return until demands are met.
Apparently the tiff is over crappy pay and bad working environments:
But while the films portray a world of glamour and feature lush production numbers, working conditions on the sets are notoriously poor. Workers who build movie sets or handle lighting get paid about $11 for long days without overtime.
Honestly, I’ve worked 23 hour days on films and got paid a kick in the Johnson. I guess they run all of Bollywood like a USC cinema thesis. That’s probably why they are able to pump out elevendy billion films every year. Next to unintelligible tech support, the movie business is a big part of the economic picture:
The strike could be a major blow to the local economy. Revenue from India’s film business generated roughly $2 billion in 2006, and is expected to double by 2012, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.
How can YOU support the workers on strike? I have no idea. But probably by dancing.
Variety salts the lassi.