Indian film industry on strike

posted by danpetitpas on October 8, 2008 at 9:47 am

The Indian film industry is on strike as members of 22 unions representing 147,000 workers, including actors, technicians and directors, stayed home on Tuesday and continued to stay away.

Workers are looking for better pay, shorter hours and improvements in safety.

About 40 TV and movie shoots were affected.

The industry is undergoing growing pains as multinationals are competing with family-owned production companies, and imported films from the US and Europe are draining moviegoers away from local product. Multiplexes are replacing large single-screen theaters and the country’s inflation rate of 12% is increasing production costs.

Read more in Time.

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