Mumbai, Oct 1 Film and television programme shooting came to a standstill today with nearly 1.5 lakh cine workers supported by leading stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan began their indefinite agitation to demand stipulated wages and regulated working hours.
The agitation is in response to the call given by Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) which controls 22 unions covering various crafts associated with the film industry.
Filmcity, Mehboob, Filmistan and other studios in the city wore a deserted look as lightmen, spotboys, junior artistes, other technicians as well as many lead actors stayed away from the sets.
Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and other actors, who were in Mumbai, did not have shooting schedules today.
Among the big banner films being shot in Mumbai are Yash Raj films' 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' and Dev Anand's 'Chargesheet' along with several daily soaps on television.
Dev Anand is currently in London and a Yash Raj films spokesperson said there was no schedule of 'Rab Ne Bana....' this week.
Actors like Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, Aishwarya Rai are all shooting abroad.
Dharmesh Tiwari, Secretary FWICE said the strike has been total and even the artistes have stayed away.
To a question whether the top actors have lent their support, Tiwari said all the top actors are members of the Cine Artistes Association, an affiliate of FWICE. PTI