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   The next strike of the film industry, from January 1.... (November 20, 1986)

The next strike of the film industry, from January 1, is going to be not against Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. A spokesman of the industry’s action committee was telling me about it.

“Unless 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. Bachchan’s own past producers,” the spokesman said.

“Against such a mass protest, Mr. Bachchan will have to give in,” I said.

“You can’t be definite, they say he is as tough as Mr. Shankarrao Chavan,” the spokesman said. “Still, we are launching the protest throughout the country and not just in Maharashtra.”

“Good for you,” I said. “Tell me exactly what from the protest will take?”

“To start with, cinemas will stop showing Amitabh Bachchan films, including such films where he may be only a guest artiste,” the spokesman said. “Then, song sequences showing Amitabh Bachchan singing and dancing with Sridevi and others in different hill stations will not be supplied to Doordarshan.”

“That’s tough,” I said. “What’s Chhayageet without Amitabh and Sridevi in Simla! Anything else you are going to do?”

“Film magazines will be told not to put Mr. Bachchan’s photograph on their covers, never mind if they cannot sell their magazines because of that,” the spokesman said. “Lions Clubs and Jaycees will be asked not to consider Mr. Bachchan in the year’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.”

Of course,” I said. “What if after all this Mr.. Bachchan still refuses to negotiate with the action committee?”

“Then we will have to organise another morcha. This one will go to Mr. . Bachchan still refuses to negotiate with the action committee?”

“Then we will have to organise another morcha. This one will go to Mr. Bachchan’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.”

“Do you expect public support and sympathy in your agitation?” I asked.

“Certainly,” said the spokesman. “Why 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 Bachchan’s pictures.

“It could be a long drawn-out struggle,,” I said. “What arrangements are you making for your junior artistes and stage-hands to survive during the strike?”

“We will be distributing among them the Rs. 2 lakh that Mr. Bachchan has given,” the spokesman said.

 
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