The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), the film and television industry’s trade body, has demanded an unconditional apology to the film industry from the film celebrities who were part of the controversial ‘AIB Knockout’ show — Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Karan Johar.
In a statement issued after a meeting on Wednesday, the federation warned of strict disciplinary action if these actors failed to tender an apology soon.
FWICE is the umbrella body representing members of the 22 crafts, including the Film Writers’ Association, Indian Film & Television Directors Association, Association of Cine TV/AD Production Executives, among others.
The letter, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, has been signed by FWICE president Kamlesh Pandey and general secretary Dilip Pithva. Confirming the development, Pithva said they backed Ashoke Pandit’s views on the AIB show through Twitter.
“I had been getting calls about the show from many unhappy members of the industry for the past two days. On Tuesday night, I watched the show. On Wednesday morning, I called up Ashoke Pandit and told him I backed his view on the AIB event. The board met in the afternoon and drafter the letter,” Pithva said. “This is not the face of the industry. The show is vulgar and the film industry members who have participated in it are creating a wrong perception of the film industry.”
The letter calls the show “a travesty of basic human tendency in the name of entertainment”.
Pithva said the FWICE would wait for the response of the participants for two to three days following which they intended to take strict action. “FWICE heads 22 crafts. We can ask all our members to stop working with Ranveer, Arjun and Karan,” he said, adding that everyone working in the film industry is a member of FWICE and hence would have to comply with their decision.
When contacted, Mukesh Bhatt, who heads the Producers’ Guild and is the uncle of Alia Bhatt who was in the audience of the AIB Knockout, said the FWICE had no right to issue such a letter. “Who are they to issue such a letter? FWICE is supposed to protect the interests of cine workers, not pass moral judgments or issue threats,” he said. Karan Johar, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor remained unavailable for comment.
RPI stages a protest
RPI activists staged a protest outside the office of Only Much Louder (OML), organisers of the recent AIB Roast, in Lower Parel on Wednesday.
S Jayakumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) said 15 people detained and later released. ‘Nothing was vandalized,’ he said.
Local police said they had been informed about the planned protest in advance and had deployed personnel.
‘We had been informed by the local police station in the morning after which we asked most of the employees to work from home. However, the office was still operational,’ said Vijay Nair, CEO, OML.
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