A week since the Producers' Guild announced the fixing of a relief fund for the daily wage workers and therefore the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) promised to distribute groceries and other essentials, there has been little progress on the initiatives. The associations' best intentions have hit a roadblock with the government imposing Section 144 from Monday.
Manish Goswami, vice chairman , Producers' Guild, says, "Not every daily wage worker features a checking account , in order that they would need to come and collect the cash . At now , an assembly of 4 to 5 people isn't allowed, so we will neither gather [those in need] nor conduct meetings."
The association found out an account last Wednesday, encouraging industry folk to contribute to the fund. Soon, Farhan Akhtar, Sonam K Ahuja and other stars urged everyone within the industry to try to to their bit. Ask him if the Guild has accumulated a handsome amount during the week, and Goswami says, "We have received verbal commitment from many, but since the assembly houses are shut, they need not been ready to make the transactions. Hopefully, we'll get clarity on March 31; then, the funds will start coming in and that we can distribute them."
Among the filmmakers who had pledged support to the daily wage workers was Nikkhil Advani. Madhu Bhojwani, partner, Emmay Entertainment, rues that the method has bogged down . "While our intention is extremely much intact, the execution has been impeded in terms of resources," she says.
In the wake of the janta curfew on March 22 and therefore the subsequent lockdown, the FWICE had to call off their week-long plan of distributing groceries among those suffering from the suspension of shoots. BN Tiwari, president, says, "At the instant , the sole thanks to help them is to offer a door-to-door service [but that's not feasible]." While several television studios have come to their aid, he rues, "No Bollywood actor has offered help yet."
On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown. The move, though necessary, will further affect the daily wage workers.
An Act Of Kindness
Even as he relentlessly rallies behind the daily wage workers, Anubhav Sinha took the lead in distributing food grains to the needy. On Monday, the filmmaker took to Twitter and involved volunteers who can help him in distributing ration across the town . Actor Ronit Roy was one among the primary to lend him support within the initiative.