The next strike of the film industry, from January 1, is going to be not against Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. A spokesman of the industryâ€™s action committee was telling me about it.
â€śUnless the Godbole committee makes any specific proposals for censuring Mr. Bachchan, we will be launching a massive protest against Mr. Bachchan. All section of the industry will be united in this, including Mr. Bachchanâ€™s own past producers,â€ť the spokesman said.
â€śAgainst such a mass protest, Mr. Bachchan will have to give in,â€ť I said.
â€śYou canâ€™t be definite, they say he is as tough as Mr. Shankarrao Chavan,â€ť the spokesman said. â€śStill, we are launching the protest throughout the country and not just in Maharashtra.â€ť
â€śGood for you,â€ť I said. â€śTell me exactly what from the protest will take?â€ť
â€śTo start with, cinemas will stop showing Amitabh Bachchan films, including such films where he may be only a guest artiste,â€ť the spokesman said. â€śThen, song sequences showing Amitabh Bachchan singing and dancing with Sridevi and others in different hill stations will not be supplied to Doordarshan.â€ť
â€śThatâ€™s tough,â€ť I said. â€śWhatâ€™s Chhayageet without Amitabh and Sridevi in Simla! Anything else you are going to do?â€ť
â€śFilm magazines will be told not to put Mr. Bachchanâ€™s photograph on their covers, never mind if they cannot sell their magazines because of that,â€ť the spokesman said. â€śLions Clubs and Jaycees will be asked not to consider Mr. Bachchan in the yearâ€™s best actor awards. And private organisations will be requested not to invitie Mr. Bachchan to inaugurate things, unless, of course, they are inviting him as a politician and MP.â€ť
Of course,â€ť I said. â€śWhat if after all this Mr.. Bachchan still refuses to negotiate with the action committee?â€ť
â€śThen we will have to organise another morcha. This one will go to Mr. . Bachchan still refuses to negotiate with the action committee?â€ť
â€śThen we will have to organise another morcha. This one will go to Mr. Bachchanâ€™s house in Juhu Vile Parle Scheme, of, if necessary, even to Delhi. Already so many stars have offered to join it, poonam Dhillon, Farah, Kimi Katkar, Moon Moon Sen.â€ť
â€śDo you expect public support and sympathy in your agitation?â€ť I asked.
â€śCertainly,â€ť said the spokesman. â€śWhy should the public not support us? After all, it is Amitabh Bachchan that is involved, not some choota-motta star. The public will itself remove all the posters from the walls showing Amitabh Bachchanâ€™s pictures.
â€śIt could be a long drawn-out struggle,,â€ť I said. â€śWhat arrangements are you making for your junior artistes and stage-hands to survive during the strike?â€ť
â€śWe will be distributing among them the Rs. 2 lakh that Mr. Bachchan has given,â€ť the spokesman said.