Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment ran into trouble after Film Studios Setting and Allied Mazdoor Union (FSSAMU) accused the production company of failing to pay dues to some 300 day-wage workers working on the Mirzapur 3 web series. Excel Entertainment has not paid the employees as of May 2022 and has an outstanding dues of 20-25 million. Read more: Ali Fazal Teases Mirzapur Season 3, Shares Picture Of His Character Guddu Pandit
On Tuesday, Excel Entertainment denied the allegations of guilt 20-25 lakh to workers of Mirzapur 3 sets. According to a report, Excel Entertainment has reportedly failed to respond to the union’s demands, but after FSSAMU issued a letter to the media, the production house contacted the union and promised to pay the dues within the next 48 hours.
According to a report in Mid-Day, the company issued a statement in a statement that read: “This is the first time we have been made aware of such a complaint made by the union. We would like to continue [state] that the FSSAMU has not contacted Excel via letters, emails or phone calls. Excel currently has seven to eight projects in production, and none of these projects have non-payment issues. In the last 22 years of being in the business, we have never encountered any complaints about non-payment. Excel has a strict payment compliance policy where we make payments directly to day laborers and not to a union. We will investigate this matter from our side. We would like to mention that Excel enjoys an excellent reputation in the industry for treating all employees with equal respect and dignity.”
Since Excel Entertainment claimed that FSSAMU had not contacted the company before going to press, FSSAMU’s general secretary Gangeshwarlal Shrivastav said the union had sent three letters to the production house; the first was reportedly shipped on May 30. The union later wrote a letter to the media stating that the workers had to work longer hours beyond the limits allowed under the labor law. The union also claimed that the workers were not provided with quality food or adequate seating on the Mirzapur 3 sets.
“More than 300 daily bets have been worked on the Mirzapur 3 sets since May. It has been more than three months since they have been paid. We got no response [to our letters] of the production house. After we released the letter to the media, Excel contacted us and promised to pay the dues within 48 hours, but we want that in writing,” Gangeshwarlal Shrivastav said in the Mid-Day report.
The third season of the popular show was announced by Prime Video earlier this year, but no release date has been announced yet. The crime thriller’s first season aired in 2018 and the second in 2020. The series focuses on the small UP town and the intertwined fate of two families. One is led by the local strongman and don Akhandanand Tripathi aka Kaleen Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathic), while the other by Ali Fazal’s Guddu Pandit. The show also stars Rasika Dugal, Kulbushan Kharbanda, Vijay Varma, Isha Talwar and Lilliput. The previous seasons also saw Vikrant Massey, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Divyenndu.