Foreigners taking Bollywood jobs, look better than locals?

October 5, 2008

Just as IT workers in the US and the West complain about cheap offshore (or onshore) Indian labor, Indians working in the Bollywood are complaining about foreigners (from the article, sounds like mostly Westerners) taking their jobs:

“Producers bring in foreign extras and junior artistes because they look nicer, and our people lose out on their jobs,” said Dharmesh Tiwari, general secretary of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees, the umbrella union for Bollywood employees.

A three-day strike by more than 100,000 junior artistes and workers affiliated to the FWICE was called off late on Friday, after four producers’ bodies promised timely payment and proper recruitment of extras.

The response from the Bollywood bosses? Would sound quite familiar to IT people in the US:

“We have an agreement with the FWICE that if they cannot provide us with the required artistes we can hire from outside and that is exactly what producers are doing,” said T. P. Agarwal of producers body Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPAA).

The locals don’t havce the skills or whatnot, so you have to bring in people from outside. Meanwhile, the global financial crisis is hitting Bollywood too.

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