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Worker’s union raises concerns as Ranbir and Shraddha Kapoor’s Mumbai film set catches fire

Worker’s union raises concerns as Ranbir and Shraddha Kapoor’s Mumbai film set catches fire

The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), a worker’s union for the film industry in Mumbai, has expressed concern about a recent film set fire in Mumbai’s Andheri.

What happened?

Last Friday, the set for Luv Ranjan’s upcoming film starring Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor unexpectedly caught fire. The fire quickly intensified to the point where it took 5 hours to douse it and the entire property was decimated in its wake.

Luckily, the set was not in use at the time. However, one crew member tragically lost his life.

In its response, the FWICE General Secretary stated that it will be issuing notices to production houses as well as the Chief Minister, emphasising the need for proper fire audits and NOCs at film studios.

The federation further stated that in the absence of basic fire prevention measures, they will deter workers and technicians from working at such film sets.

What can be done?

Adequate fire-fighting measures are absolutely crucial in preventing disastrous accidents. But, if such accidents do occur, there is one other way film sets can be protected – Film Insurance.

Film Insurance protects everything from props and equipment to cast and crew members. It can reimburse producers for any damage to set property due to a fire, flood, theft, or riot.

This policy’s Workmen’s Compensation cover in particular can help pay damages to an injured worker or their family in the event of film set accidents.

Workmen’s Compensation Insurance has in fact been made compulsory in India for many businesses as a means to protect worker rights and provide them financial support in case of workplace accidents.

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