As the entire country deals with the partial lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic and the entire film industry stands shut, FWICE and other film bodies are doing their best to help out the wage workers who have been hit the hardest. A report published in Mid-Day now highlighted the plight of the background dancers most of whom have gone back to their home towns in the absence of all songs-shoot being cancelled or pushed due to the spread of the COVID-19. Also Read - Irrfan Khan's Son Babil on Self-Quarantine For 14 Days in Madh Island as he Returns Amid Coronavirus Lockdown
The report carried the inputs from Zahid Shaikh, president of Cine Dancers’ Association who revealed that most dancers have gone back to their home towns because they are unable to meet the day-to-day ends while living in Mumbai. The association comprises 900 background dancers and their last shoot took place on March 13 with Vaibhavi Merchant. The background dancers earn every day by doing a 12-hour long shift for which they are paid an amount of Rs 4500. Shaikh said six songs were scheduled to be shot between March 14 and the first week of April but now that everything stands cancelled or pushed, it is difficult to ascertain when the things will return to normal. Also Read - Cannes Film Festival 2020 Postponed Due to COVID-19 as France Experiences Its Third Day of Lockdown - Official Statement Inside
He was quoted saying, “Many dancers have left for their hometown because it is difficult to survive in Mumbai without work. They have to pay rent, electricity and mobile bills, and it is not easy to meet these demands (without the regular flow of income). Some left without informing us, only dropping a message with their account details in it.” Also Read - Producers’ Guild CEO Announces Relief Fund Set Up For Daily Wage Workers Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
The president added that they were supposed to shoot for a song in Brahmastra on March 26 and the rehearsals for another song from Akshay Kumar’s Prithviraj were also on. While the Brahmastra shoot has been pushed to April 6, there’s no date decided for the shoot of the song in Prithviraj.
The brand ambassador of CDA, Saroj Khan, told the daily that she is thankful to FWICE for reaching out in the time of crisis and they are doing their best to sort out things as everyone is facing the losses.