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The Eastern India Motion Picture Association (EIMPA), an organisation of film producers and distributors, has withdrawn its call for a token strike in studios across West Bengal on July 25.The strike call had been given in protest against alleged disruption in outdoor shooting of films, including abroad.“In view of the discussion by members in the Emergent Meeting of Executive Committee held on 22nd July, 2017, which was also attended by the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Producers’ Section. The proposed Bandh call on 25th July, 2017 is called off, ” EIMPA Secretary Asish Banerjee said in a signed statement today.The decision was prompted by “the gesture shown by Hon’ble minister Aroop Biswas to defuse the present crisis faced by our film industry,” Banerjee said. Biswas is PWD and Youth Services and Sports minister of the state.EIMPA had called the strike in protest against disruption of outdoor shooting of films of production houses like ‘Eskay Movies’ ‘Chalbaaz’ in the UK allegedly at the behest of some members of Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India.The Federation maintained it had only asked production houses to take the “required number of card-holder technicians” for the shoot and also sent a mail to EIMPA explaining its position on July 15, the day the strike call had been given.Big time Bengali film producer Rana Sarkar termed EIMPA’s decision to withdraw the strike call as a “positive step.
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