"these blooming dreams get shattered by such trends"
The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has issued a statement on the ‘Boycott Bollywood’ trend and requested government help.
The request comes after Suniel Shetty, who recently met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and sought help to curb the anti-Bollywood sentiments.
In their statement, FWICE strongly condemns the trend, calling it “hooliganism”.
FWICE wrote: “The recent trend of ‘Boycott Bollywood’ has been affecting the producers and lakhs of workers working for the films and it has been seriously noted by the FWICE as it has raised a major situation of survival of the common workers, technicians and the artists who are earning their daily bread from this industry.”
The statement also mentioned people who have been spreading anti-Bollywood sentiments.
It continued: “A film is made with passion and dream of success.
“However, these blooming dreams get shattered by such trends which are many times influenced by people believing in hatred and those who do not support peace, harmony and unity.
“People have been barging into the theatres and threatening the public and forcefully vacating the theatres.
“There have been threats to the producers and the lead actor/actresses.
“They are abused on social media platforms with filthy/vulgar language.”
Without mentioning any films that have faced boycott calls, FWICE said that anyone objecting a film and its content should write to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) instead of attacking cinemas.
“We strongly condemn these acts and the boycotting of any film which is already certified by the final cell of the film authorities which is the CBFC.
“Getting a film certified through the CBFC is itself an achievement as the film and the filmmakers are going through the entire process of certification.
“The protestors of the film should thus follow the right channel and report their grievances against the film to the CBFC and other governing authorities rather than blindly coming up with such a destructive trend to blatantly boycott the entire industry.
“FWICE stands strong in support of the producers who are creating films and generating employment to lakhs of people and help them to earn their living and survive with dignity.
“We urge the government to intervene in the matter and stop this trend of ‘Boycott Bollywood’.”
The statement comes after it was reported that certain aspects of Pathaan were changed following criticism over Deepika Padukone’s revealing outfits and provocative dance moves in ‘Besharam Rang’.