When providers stop working, TV sessions are canceled again
The problem of non-payment in the Bengali television industry is becoming ugly every two days, even after production houses and channels reiterated the guarantees that stagnant serial sessions have resumed. On Tuesday, the suppliers again stopped providing costumes due to hollow verbal guarantees. As a result, the filming of Karunamoyee by Roy subrata Rani Rashmoni in Indrapuri study and Debi Choudhurani in Dasani 2 was stalled.n“Subrata Roy has been assuring us since June 19, but he hasn't kept a single promise. I had even sent an email to us. Since we didn’t have any other option left, we had to stall the shootings again. The channels had intervened a few days ago and wanted to pay us a portion of the money without GST for the serials that are still running. The dates have already passed but our payments are still due, ”rue Jakir Hossen Mollick, who is the costume supplier for serials like Karunamoyee Rani Rashmoni, Debi Choudhurani, Manasa and Bhanumatir Khel, among others.
It seems that no amount of guarantees is proving enough to end the deadlock between suppliers and production channels/houses. “First, the channels will have to pay us 99% of our fees. You can ask Roy subrata for the details. Who will look after the payments for the serials that are no longer running but for which we still haven’t been paid? Will the channels take charge? Second, we no longer trust Roy subrata . His cheques have bounced though we were still hopeful that he would clear our dues. We asked him to keep a late call time on Tuesday so that once the amount gets transferred to our accounts, we can begin shoot. But he didn’t listen to us. Now, we will only resume supplying costumes once we get our dues,” added Jakir.
When contacted, a representative from a channel said that Karunamoyee Rani Rashmoni’s shooting is on at an outdoor location. However, he couldn’t share the exact details of the venue with us.