Bollywood’s Shahenshah, Amitabh Bachchan, has expressed “anxieties” over being unable to land work post recovering from COVID-19, due to a combination of his age and a new law enforced through the state Maharashtra. His remarks have emanated following the Bombay High Court’s decision on Friday, 7th August, to quell two circulars issued by the Maharashtra government, barring all above the age of 65 from resuming film, TV and OTT shoots or other related activities, terming the decision as “discriminatory”. The Big B said that his could mean “packers” for the film industry’s senior work force since legalities take time to come into effect.
Taking to his blog, Amitabh Bachchan wrote: “There are of course many other anxieties that trouble the mind. Government authorities have stipulated that those at 65 age and above cannot go out to work… For people like me, my profession and my 78 yrs, it’s packers then! The Film body that formally we are all associated with did put in a counter to that in the Courts and I believe the Honourable High Court has disallowed the age limit restrictions and so for the moment those above 50 are safe to work .. but Courts and Legal procedures take time and I wonder what shall come out of it. Are there any alternate work jobs for me, that the Ef could in their kindness suggest, in case everything goes down in the Courts?”
While shoots, and associated pre-production and post-production work have gradually resumed, as per the new government resolution, all those beyond the age of 65 aren’t permitted to resume work on a set or in a studio amidst unlock 3.0. The mandate is being challenged by two petitions, one filed by 70-year-old actor Pramod Pandey, and another by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA).