Leading television artist Iqbal Khan on the wage crisis
As the TV industry is on the verge of bankruptcy, many TV cast and tech say they are not getting paid during this lockdown period. One TV actor has committed suicide and another is in the hospital with no money to pay the bills.
Serial producers claim they are strapped for funds.
One of the most famous TV actors, Iqbal Khan, spoke to me about the issue, saying, âI have been in the television industry for twenty years and have seen how well the producers behave. at low prices when it comes to paying their artists. It’s all part of the game. Actors and technicians who work 24 hours a day 14 to 16 hours on a series have no other source of income. When we tell them that the producer has no money to pay them, where do they go?
Iqbal believes that the responsibility for paying the basic salary of actors and technicians should be taken over by the television stations. âThey are the ones who can ensure that such a crisis does not happen. Otherwise, producers have their own monetary logistics. They actually start paying their cast and crew three months after the show airs. Can you imagine how the actors maintain their livelihoods while waiting for the steady cash flow? “
Iqbal believes the actors are to blame for their financial situation as well. âThey are living beyond their means. They come from small towns and get carried away by the dazzling Mumbai entertainment industry. They buy cars and houses that they cannot afford. They have no family to return home to after the day of filming. They have no one to tell them the right thing to do.
The actor who has delighted audiences in series like Kahiin To Hoga and Kavyajanli says he has only been confronted with the problem of non-payment once: âA producer didn’t pay me for three months. . I went to his house and threatened to confiscate his television or his chandelier.
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