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Team to tackle Tolly trouble

A strike by Tollywood film and television actors over delay in payments was averted on Monday after a monitoring committee was formed to look into work-related disputes.

On Sunday, the Artistes’ Forum had threatened to go on a ceasework. On Monday afternoon, members of the forum met representatives of the producers’ guild (Welfare Association of Television Producers) and the technicians’ body (Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India) at the NT1 studio. Minister Arup Biswas chaired the meeting. Producers Mahendra Soni, Ashok Dhanuka and Rajiv Mehra were also present.

Mehra is the producer of Saat Pake Bandha and Palabadal, whose artistes had protested the delay in payments.

The committee has seven members — three each from the Artistes’ Forum and the producers’ guild and one from the technicians’ body.

Biswas said: “In the next meeting, we will urge the broadcasters (the TV channels) to join the committee.”

“So far, we solved everything among ourselves but this time the problem had flared up. So we wanted a committee to be formed,” said Arijit Chowdhury, the joint secretary of the forum.

“Such a committee should have been formed much earlier. I hope there will be less misunderstandings among artistes and producers now,” said Soni of Shree Venkatesh Films.