Sanjay Leela Bhansali is trying his best to wrap up his Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, and Deepika Padukone starrer movie Padmavati by October, which has to face incessant delays in the first three months of going on floors.
The on going Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) strike is threatening to play havoc with the film’s schedule. The number of technicians on the Padmavati set has reduced as the community of cine workers is amassing support from all corners.
“The crew was clocking in almost 18 hours’ work every day to make sure the film keeps its release date. But, the protests have slowed down the film’s shoot,” from a source it was also informed that, “Now, the team is barely able to shoot for eight to 10 hours a day due to reduced staff strength.”
After the vandalism incident of Kolhapur and the mob attack in Jaipur, the filmmaker cannot afford another setback. “The production house has given Bhansali a final word that he cannot overstep the deadline, due to monetary constraints. If the technicians do not get to work soon, Padmavati will be adversely affected,” the source added.
We wonder if the movie will be able to keep its release date of NOV 11. The source added “Another 15 days of this schedule and Bhansali will miss the release date. Only a miracle can make him release the movie on that day then.”
The strike is now getting support from Sham Kaushal, Saroj Khan, and Binod Pradhan. Also, the demand for medical insurance and 8 hours shifts is striking the chord. FWICE, few members are on indefinite hunger strike. Some officials also meet the CM Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday to have a discussion on this matter.