Salman Khan will be going ahead with the shooting of his next Hindi film Mental, which was halted last month over differences between North-South fighters. The filming was stopped when the stuntmen from the South Indian film industries and Mumbai fought over equal distribution of work. The shooting will start next week.
The South Indian stuntmen halted the shooting of Mental last month demanding equal pay with their Bollywood counterparts and equal representation of them when they work in a particular Hindi film. According to the rule book, All India Film Employees Confederation (AIFEC) allows 70 percent of the fighters to be local and 30 percent from the region of the fight master. But the South fighters demanded for 50 percent representation which created the problem for Mental.
The dispute between stuntmen from the South Indian film industries and Mumbai halted the shooting of Mental. The director had hired a leading stunt director to choreograph an action sequence.
The incident made members of Tamil Nadu Stuntmen's Association (TNSA) to take a tough stand as they have decided not to work in any other language films unless Film Employees' Federation of South India (FEFSI) helps them arrive at mutual understanding over ongoing tussle between action artists from Tamil and Telugu film industries.