Filmmaker Kushan Nandy, who recently announced his film with Chitrangda Singh and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, started shooting for the same in West Bengal. Titled Babumoshai Bandokbaaz, the film which went on floors recently landed into trouble with a workers' association because of which Kushan Nandy had to leave the shoot mid way in the state.
According to Kushan, the officials of Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India persuaded him to hire six assistants, out of which four of them never turned up on the sets. Despite their nonchalant attitude, Kushan mentioned that he was forced to pay them. He further accused them of extorting money from him and stated that he even paid about Rs. 55 lakhs, after they started threatening him. Adding further, Kushan revealed that during this schedule, he was forced to accept 30 additional members in the crew, despite having a team of 70 which according to him was sufficient for the shoot of the film. In fact, elaborating on the incident, a miffed Nandy also alleged that a group of people barged on the sets of the film, locked the cameras around and even blocked the exits of the hotel, as he termed it as a 'hostage' situation.
On the other hand, General Secretary of the federation, Aparna Ghatak denied his story and maintained that Kushan has been the one delaying payments of the artists who worked on the sets of his film from this federation. She also added that the cheques given by the director bounced twice and despite that, they did not take the help of police officials. Ghatak also stated it was the right of her technicians to demand money for their work and they even shot with Kushan for ten days and also clarified that there was full co-operation from her team.
However, Kushan Nandy has now returned to Mumbai and vowed that he will never shoot in West Bengal ever again. While he compares their work style with that of mafia, he further claimed that now that his actors too have safely returned to the city, they will have to re-shoot the film and hence, his budget has increased by almost a crore.
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