The Bollywood Celebrity Vanity Van Association will go on an indefinite strike to oppose Maharashtra Government’s tax hike, affecting several film shoots, including ‘Sacred Games 2’, ‘Kesari’, and ‘Taanaji: The Unsung Warrior’
Ketan Rawal, President of All Camper Van Owners Association, said the strike is a necessary move for the workers, “Ajay (Devgn) is shooting for his home production ‘Taanaji: The Unsung Warrior’, Kangana’s (Ranaut) shoot is on, Saif (Ali Khan) is doing ‘Sacred Games 2’, John’s Batla ‘House Mumbai’ schedule will begin now. Arjun (Rampal) is doing a web series, Sonakshi (Sinha) and Taapsee (Pannu) are both shooting for a film with Akshay (Kumar). So everyone is busy with shoots right now. If the vans aren’t available, the shooting will be hampered. Honestly, we are feeling bad. I’ve been in the industry for 25 years and believe the show must go on but we are being harassed a lot.”, PTI reported. According to the Maharashtra tax rule, each vanity van is taxed at Rs 5000 per square meter, totalling to Rs1,25,000 per annum.
Vanity vans are a requirement for several film sets, so Rawal is hoping for cooperation from everyone involved, “’Sacred Games 2′ is being shot in Dharavi. They are shooting at real locations, on the streets. There’s no make up room facility there so how will they be able to shoot? Naturally they would require the vans. Karan Johar’s ‘Kesari’ shoot is on too. They are saying if the vans don’t come for five days they’ll incur losses of Rs 5 crores,”, Rawal added, emphasizing that, “Our intention is not to halt Bollywood shooting, we are feeling bad but we are now helpless. It’s our request, with folded hands, to understand and cooperate with us,”