The Bollywood industry has more foreign professionals working behind the scenes than foreign actors. However, the Indian film crews’ union claims that most of the foreigners working in the country’s film industry are working illegally.
Recently, the Indian entertainment industry is becoming more dependent on foreign professionals. According to a report by news agency PTI, there has been an increase in the hiring of foreign professionals from cinematographers, directors, producers, screenwriters, junior artists, dancers, makeup artists, hair stylists, action directors, stuntmen, costume designers to art directors.
India ranks first in the world in terms of the number of films produced annually. The annual turnover in this industry is about 2.7 billion USD. Apart from Hindi, South India has several major film industries. Where a large number of artists, craftsmen work. Foreign professionals are getting priority in these recruitments. Many Indians are losing their jobs due to this.
Mainly for two reasons, Bollywood is bringing professionals from UK, Russia, Uzbekistan and other countries to work. The people concerned claim that only the most qualified people are being brought in for the job from abroad, secondly, the Indian film industry is benefiting from their contribution. Although the unions are unwilling to accept these demands. Ashok Dubey, chairman of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees, said, “Producers decide who will be associated with the production of the film. In this case, the people of our country are not getting work due to the preference of foreigners.
Ashok claims that almost 90 percent of foreign professionals are working illegally in India. They don’t even have proper documents. Ashok said that he has approached the Mumbai police about this. He said, “I have brought the whole matter to the attention of the Mumbai police several times. But the police did not take our complaint seriously. There are at least three lakh professionals in our union. We will fight for them.
Many foreigners work in India on tourist visas, according to various sources in film professionals’ organizations in India. But the police does not take any action. However, the statement of the Mumbai police was not received in this regard.