Written byGarima Bora ·
Opposing Maharashtra Government's tax regulation, Bollywood Celebrity Vanity Van association will go on an indefinite strike from December 10, a move that is likely to affect shooting of Akshay Kumar's Kesari and Netflix's Sacred Games 2.
The association is opposing the state government's rule, which charges tax for each vanity van at Rs. 5,000 square meters, amounting to Rs. 1,25,000 per annum.
The "Non-cooperation movement" by the All Camper Van Owner's Association, which has 250 vans under it, will leave around 500 workers without jobs, and hit over 5000 workers who earn on daily wages.
Ketan Rawal, President, All Camper Van Owners Association, said their client roaster includes A-list stars like Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Arjun Rampal, Kangana Ranaut, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu.
"Ajay is shooting for his home production Tanaji, Kangana's shoot is on, Saif is doing Sacred Games 2, John's Batla House Mumbai schedule will begin now," Rawal said.
He said if the vans aren't available, the shooting will be hampered.
"Honestly, we're feeling bad. I've been in the industry for 25-years and believe the show must go on but we're being harassed," he said.
Rawal said the requirement of the vans will be high for films, especially in places where there is no make-up room, such as for Sacred Games.
"Sacred Games is being shot in Dharavi. They are shooting at real locations, on the streets. There's no make-up room facility there so how will they be able to shoot? Naturally, they would require the vans," he said.
"Karan Johar's Kesari shoot is on too. They're saying if the vans don't come for five days they'll incur losses of Rs. 5 crores," Rawal said.
The association said they have communicated their decision to the actors and are awaiting a response from the government.
"Our intention is not to halt Bollywood shooting...It's our request, with folded hands, to understand and cooperate," he added.
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