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Umesh Kumar Upadhyay, Mumbai14 days ago
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The Federation of Western India Cinema Employees (FWIEC) has taken legal action against producer-director Ram Gopal Verma. If the wages of artists, technicians and workers are not paid, they will not work with Ram Gopal, a member of the 32 unions of the federation now. According to reports, Ram Gopal Verma has not paid arrears of Rs 1.25 billion from artists, technicians and workers. Although the federation is asking them to pay the arrears from 2018.
Ram did not pay even a quarter of a million rupees to the Mumbai Federation
Speaking to Daily Bhaskar, BN Tiwari, president of the federation, said that people have been complaining against Ram Gopal Verma since 2018. At first he left Mumbai, even the office people don’t pay here. He then moved to Hyderabad and from here to Goa. There is also money left in the Hyderabad Association. However, it was not known how much was left. However, the Mumbai Federation owes Rs 1.5 crore. For this we had to go to Goa twice. He kept saying that you come, we talk together. But after getting there, he stopped picking up our phone.
Poor workers are doing inferior work without money
BN Tiwari further said that on January 4, 2021, Ram Gopal invited us to meet in Hyderabad. Said come here, I’ll talk. After going there, he would disconnect the phone by saying hello, hello. Later the phone goes off. Didn’t even meet him. This man has given us a lot of trouble. As a renowned director-producer, he is doing inferior work without paying artists, technologists and poor workers. Those who have money left will have at least 50. We sent him a non-cooperation notice in 2018. Its information has also been given to the production company etc. But Ram Gopal would give time, request, but did nothing.
Ram has decided not to work with Gopal in future
However, Federation President BN Tiwari, General Secretary Ashok Dubey and Treasurer Gangeshwarlal Srivastava (Sanju Bhai) issued a press note saying that they have already sent legal notices to them. On September 17, 2020, a letter was sent to Ram Gopal Varma from WWIC giving him a complete list of artists, technologists and poor workers and details of their debts.
FWIS wrote a letter to Ram Gopal Varma a few more times, but he refused to take the letter. We also wrote a letter to the Chief Minister of Goa on 10 September 2020. But now it has been decided not to work with him. The IMPPA and the Guild and all major unions have been notified.