By Yash Thakur. Posted on October 01, 2015
For years, we have heard that Bollywood is an invite only industry and the people calling the shots are the ones with big bucks. But times are rapidly changing. In the last few years, the norms of films have changed and so has the process of giving due credits to writers and other technicians of the industry. The revival of the Film Writers' Association (FWA), the new Copyright Act (2012) and the recent legal verdict in the Jyoti Kapoor case have given writers some confidence and the dignity they truly deserve.
Spearheading this movement is FWA's Executive Member Anjum Rajabali, who has been more than vocal about the treatment of writers in the industry and the disparity in the remuneration of technicians vis-a-vis the actors and the directors. Producers have started realizing that writers and their contribution cannot be undermined. Putting it succinctly, the veteran screenwriter commented on the workings of our industry: "Film industries abroad take 2 years to plan a film, and then shoot it in 2 months. We (Bollywood) take 2 months to plan a film, and then shoot it over 2 years."
Anjum Rajabali, in a statement on Facebook announced the strike of "all the workers of this industry, including directors, actors, music directors, cinematographers, all other technicians, junior artistes, AND screenwriters & lyricists are going on strike from October 3, 2015." Below is the full transcript of his statement: