Earlier today morning reports surfaced of Farhan Akhtar – Ritesh Sidhwani led Excel Entertainment being accused of non-payment of due. As per these reports, around 300-400 members of the Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union have been working for Excel since May 2022 at various locations. While these are daily wageworkers and are supposed to be paid their wages, the same has not been processed by the production house. In fact, the report further claims that the production house has not paid the wages of these workers for the past 3-4 months.
Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment term accusations of non-payment of due as baseless; issue a clarification
Responding to the reports, Excel Entertainment released an official statement terming the allegations as baseless. In their statement, Excel point out is long history within the industry and their impeccable track record as well. “We have been apprised of grievances raised by Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union through a few media reports. We would like to state here that this is the first time we are being made aware about such a complaint raised by this union. We would like to further put on record that the Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union has not reached out to Excel through letter/e-mail/phone calls before going to press. We are surprised to hear about these complaints through media reports. Excel currently has 7-8 projects under production and none of these projects have any non-payment related issues. Also for the past 22 years of Excel being in the business of film/content production, we have never come across any non-payment complaints against us.”
Further talking about their payment policy, the statement continues, “Excel has a very strict payment compliance policy whereby which we directly make payments to daily wageworkers and not to any union. We will investigate this matter from our end. In addition to the aforesaid, we would like to also mention that Excel enjoys a stellar reputation in the industry for treating all collaborators be it actors, technicians or daily wage workers with equal respect and dignity.”
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