Akshay Kumar-starrer Kesari, Netflix’s popular show Sacred Games 2, and other major Bollywood shoots are likely to be postponed owing to the Bollywood Celebrity Vanity Van association going on an indefinite strike from December 10. This move comes as an action opposing the Maharashtra Government’s tax regulation. This movement will cause a major harm to the employment of many daily wagers. The non-cooperation movement against the State government has been started by the All Camper Van Owner’s Association, under which 250 vans will go on strike.
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As many as 500 workers will be left with no jobs and would impact over 5000 workers who earn on daily wages.
The president of All Camper Van Owners Association, Ketan Rawal, stated that many A-list stars like Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Arjun Rampal, Kangana Ranaut, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Disha Patani, are included in their client list.
Rawal said, "Ajay is shooting for his home production Tanaji, Kangana's shoot is on, Saif is doing Sacred Games 2, John's Batla House Mumbai schedule will begin now. Arjun is doing a web series, Sonakshi and Taapsee are both shooting for a film with Akshay.”
"So everyone is busy with shoots right now. If the vans aren't available, the shooting will be hampered. Honestly, we are feeling bad. I've been in the industry for 25 years and believe the show must go on but we are being harassed a lot," Rawal told PTI.
The association is opposing Maharashtra government's rule which charges tax for each vanity van at Rs 5,000 square meter, amounting to RS 1,25,000 per annum.
Rawal asserted that the requirement of the vans will be raising high for films, especially in places where there is no availability of the make-up room, such as Sacred Games.
“’Sacred Games’ is being shot in Dharavi. They are shooting at real locations, on the streets. There's no makeup room facility there so how will they be able to shoot? Naturally, they would require the vans. Karan Johar's 'Kesari' shoot is on too. They are saying if the vans don't come for five days they'll incur losses of Rs 5 crores," he added.
The association said they have communicated their decision to the actors and are awaiting a response from the government.
"Our intention is not to halt Bollywood shooting, we are feeling bad but we are now helpless. It's our request, with folded hands, to understand and cooperate with us," he added.