The strike that brought Bollywood film and TV production to a halt has been called off. Federation of Western India Cine Employees leader Dinesh Chaturvedi, whose group reps 22 unions and some 147,000 members, told the BBC that both sides sat down and settled. Unions had said staff were working unreasonable 30-hour sessions and in many cases producers were 6 months behind in payments. Now a new committee will look into payment disputes, and TV filming sessions would be limited to 12 hours. There’s an important lesson for Hollywood to learn here: the two sides talked. The strike came as Bollywood has been enjoying an huge international boom. (See my previous, Bollywood On Strike.)
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