If you were an extra in a Bollywood film shot in Philadelphia recently, you may have found yourself out of luck when it comes to cashing in your paycheck.
According to the Inquirer:
One of the city’s biggest casting directors, the owner of a car-rental company, the Teamsters health-and-welfare fund, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and more than 1,000 crew members and extras who worked on a recent Philly-shot Bollywood film are crying foul. They say their final paychecks and payments — well over $100,000 worth — have bounced, and producers are not responding to their calls and e-mails. Extras had been told to hold the checks till Jan. 9. Dharma Productions, one of the biggest film studios in Mumbai, contracted with Australia’s Swish Group to produce the romantic thriller starring real-life couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Swish’s Mitu Bhowmick Lange — who praised Philadelphia to the heavens in an interview three months ago — is not answering her phone.
Yikes! I found an ad online that claims to pay extras ” $400/8hr day or $600/12 hr day” if featured in the film. Anyone know anything else about this? From the comments on philly.com, the gypped folks are rightly pissed.