War with FWICE far from over, says filmmaker Sanjay Gupta

Mumbai, June 10 (IANS) Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta, who has won a case in the Bombay High Court involving the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), says his crusade against “bully” associations that believe in high-handedness will continue.

“We won the battle… but the war is far from over. My fight isn’t against the individual. He is inconsequential. I am fighting the bully associations that believe they are above the law,” Gupta shared on Twitter on Tuesday.

According to a national daily, FWICE issued a Non Cooperation Directive following the decision of the Joint Dispute Settlement Committee (JDSC) of FWICE and IFTDA (Indian Film and Television Directors Association) in the complaint filed by producer Vinod Bachchan against the filmmaker.

Gupta then moved the Bombay High Court in the case.

The official Twitter handle of Gupta’s forthcoming film “Jazbaa” on Tuesday shared that the verdict was in his favour.

“Mumbai High Court rules against the Non-Coperation Order issued against @_SanjayGupta by FWICE. Says they cannot stop the shooting of JAZBAA,” the post read.

The “Kaante” director then wrote extensively against the worker’s association, which he feels is not keeping the interest of “daily wage earners” in mind while coming up with any decision.

In a series of tweets, Gupta said: “When a film shoot is cancelled its daily wage earners are worst hit. SHOCKINGLY the Federation supposed to look after them indulges in this. These heads of Federations & Councils haven’t made a film in years. So they remove their frustration by trying to stop the ones that do. Will soon post IMDB pages of the geniuses that try & screw hardworking Producer/Directors just because they themselves are hardly working”.

Meanwhile, “Jazbaa” is making headlines for several reasons as the action film marks the comeback of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and has a talented cast with names like Shabana Azmi, Irrfan Khan, Jackie Shroff, Atul Kulkarni, Abhimanya Singh, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Siddhant Kapoor.

The film will hit the screens on October 9.

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