The Federation of West Indian Film Employees (FWICE) issued a statement on the trend of boycotting Bollywood and asked the government for assistance in this matter. Their request comes after Suniel Shetty, who recently met UP CM Yogi Adityanath and asked for help in curbing anti-Bollywood sentiment. In a lengthy statement, FWICE strongly condemned the ongoing trend, calling it “hooliganism.” Also read: Saniel Shetty says Yogi Adityanath can help end Bollywood trend by boycotting it
Seeking protection from the government, FWICE wrote: These are the common workers, engineers and artists who derive their daily bread from this industry. “
The statement also refers to those spreading anti-Bollywood sentiment. “Movies are made with passion and dreams of success. But these blossoming dreams are often influenced by those who believe in hatred and those who do not support peace, harmony and unity.” People have barged into theaters, intimidated the public, forced them to move out of theaters, and there have been threats to producers and lead actors/actresses. They are verbally abused.”
FWICE, without naming films that have faced similar boycott calls, said anyone who opposes the film and its content will be granted final permission to the film, rather than attacking theaters. “We strongly condemn these acts and the boycott of films that have already been sanctioned by the final division of the Film Authority, which is the CBFC. Certifying a film through the CBFC is an accomplishment in itself, as it has gone through the entire certification process, so instead of blindly conceiving subversive trends that would outright boycott the entire industry, protesters of the film are doing the right thing. Complaints against films should be reported to the CBFC and other government authorities according to the route.”
“FWICE strongly supports the producers who make films, create jobs for hundreds of thousands of people, and help them earn a living and survive in dignity. We urge the government to stop the trend of “Bollywood boycott”,” it said in a statement. Earlier, Suniel Shetty urged CM Yogi Adityanath to discuss boycott trends with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the industry is in the “worst stage”.
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