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‘Standard contracts are not possible’

The filmmaker airs his views on whether directors need to have a maternity clause while signing an actress for their project.

The filmmaker airs his views on whether directors need to have a maternity clause while signing an actress for their project.

Filmmaking is all about bringing together production and an actor’s talent. There has to be a basic understanding between the two. One cannot bind a talent with a contract that has a maternity clause. Every woman in this world has a right to get married and pregnant.

One expects the movie makers and the actors to comprehend this. Instead of drawing contracts they should sit down,discuss and find a solution themselves. I feel it is better to talk it out,understand the situation and come out of it,instead of bringing in a pregnancy clause in the contract. I can remember an instance that happened with me. When I was making Thikana,Smita Patil,who was playing the lead role,had got pregnant. However,we didn’t panic. Instead,both of us discussed and worked around it. I remember her saying that if the domestic help can work when pregnant,then why can’t she? In such situations,you as an adult need to come forward and find a way out. It is not possible to have standard contracts.

In Bollywood the real contract is the unspoken one and that has more weightage. The leading lady should take care that she doesn’t jeopardise the entire project by chasing her personal goals that result in difficulties for the producers in the making of the film.

As told by Mahesh Bhatt