Kannada film industry has been a victim to many strikes and bandhs in the recent days and the same kind of situation has again striked the Sandalwood town. It all started when the Karnataka Film Workers Federation wrote a letter to Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce not to support the film Majestic Express. The workers of the old federation opposed the movie for the reason that the film was being shot using workers from the new federation of workers started by Rajesh Brahamavar.
It was also noted that few reputed film makers were also using the workers of the new federation for their film making process. When we contacted one of the workers of the old federation about the root cause of the disparity, a source informed that the film shooting in Sandalwood is usually not held on second Sundays of every month and if the shooting has to be held due to unavoidable circumstances, then the producer has to be making double payments to the workers. Opposing this long standing rule of Sandalwood, the new workers union under the captaincy of Rajesh Brahmavar, were working even on second Sundays at the normal costing. So this has been the reason for the grouse of the old workers association headed by Ashok.
To discuss about the same, KFCC had held an executive committee meeting where in it was discussed whether or not to grant permission to Rajesh Bhramavar's union. Yesterday, the KFCC has finally concluded on a decision which is against the old workers union and has said that producers can get their work done by any worker irrespective of the Union and this has created a huge grouse among the old workers and they have decided to go on an indefinite strike starting from March 18th. Due to the same reason, eleven Sandalwood films which were under progress have come to a halt and the issue has taken a serious note.