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Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi grabbed everyone’s attention after making Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes invalid in order to curb black money from the country. But, some reports had suggested that this will majorly affect film industry. Clarifying the issue, Film and Television Producers Guild of India’s President Mukesh Bhatt addressed that demonetization won’t affect the industry. He praised Modi’s decision and informed that the film industry will not be impacted by it at all.

He clarified that the film industry does not deal in cash. It has been completely corporatized and cleaned of all cash dealings. He said that since the year 2000 onwards, the industry doesn’t deal with cash money. Many celebrities including Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn, Karan Johar, Rajinikanth have come forward and praised the incredible move by PM Modi.

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan too has lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to abolish Rs. 500 and Rs 1000 currency in war against black money. Celebrities like Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan, Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap have also backed the move.

Shah Rukh, 51, also took to Twitter to hail the step taken by the PM, calling it, “a great move”.

“Farsighted. Extremely smart. And not politically motivated. Will bring such a positive change for Indian economy. Great move @narendramodi,” he wrote.

In his first televised address to the nation on November 8, twoandahalfyears after assuming office, the PM declared a “decisive” war against black money and corruption with abolishing high denomination currency being a part of it.

Bollywood Big guns, which include Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Karan Johar and many more have hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes to curb black money.

Anurag Kashyap, who had an online scuffle with Prime minister during ADHM release, calls the move “Ballsiest”

“Ballsiest move I have ever seen from any leader…It will cause a lot of heart ache but Kudos…Super way to make the black money redundant” tweeted Anurag.

Thespian Amitabh Bachchan calls it a Pink effect, he tweeted, “T 2435 the new 2000 rs note is PINK in colour … the PINK effect…!!”

Whereas South Indian Superstar Rajinikanth is just floored with the move, he wrote “Hats off @narendramodi ji. New india is born #JaiHind”

To give effect to Modi’s decision to denotify Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes to counter black money, the central government on late Tuesday notified the changes. And Karan Johar is just gaga over it.

“This is truly a masterstroke move!!!! @ narendramodi hits it out of the stadium!!!!” tweeted Karan Johar.

Serial Kisser Emraan Hashmi calls it a brave move, he wrote, “Such a brave move by @narendramodi to fight corruption. Kudos!! #ModiFightsCorruption #IndiaFightsCorruption”

Narendra Modi shook the nation on Tuesday with the decision to demonetize Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes from the Indian currency. Adding to the woes is the fact that all banks and ATM will not be functional for the next two days. Now we hear that apart from the populace that has been affected, the film industry has also been hit.

In fact, we hear that from this week’s releases while the makers Saansein and 30 Minutes have already postponed the release of their films, the sequel to the 2008 film Rock On, featuring Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and others, Rock On 2, finds itself in a tight spot. Apparently the makers of the film seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place with the prints of the film already being sent out to theatres, but with the ongoing demonetization of currency notes, the question that arises is, whether the audience will venture to theatres has got the makers thinking of postponing the release of the film.

When contacted, Amita Naidu from EROS categorically denied the deferment of the film saying. “As of now we are still on track and will go ahead with the release of Rock On 2 as per schedule.” However, despite attempts to contact the producer of the film, Riteish Sidhwani remained unresponsive.

But a lot of people, especially those who depend on cash payment, have been hot hard by the ban on big notes. These include junior artistes as well as people working in the distribution sector of the industry. Many of them complained about not being able to meet their daily needs. “Discussing and debating the unfairness of it all is futile for us. We only care about how much aloo, gobhi and bhindi cost,” says Rakesh, a junior artiste, who, like all his other colleagues, seems to be the worst hit by PM Narendra Modi’s announcement to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 yesterday onwards. He received his Monday wage on Tuesday evening and within a couple of hours, the news trickled in. “I don’t know when I will paid next.”

Pappu Lekhraj of the Junior Artistes’ Association says, “People like Rakesh are the worst affected because they depend on daily wages to light fire in their kitchens. We also need to get organised. For the last many decades, we have not maintained records since we make payments on daily basis. On Tuesday, we cleared Monday’s dues. Wednesday onwards, we are keeping track of each junior artiste and their shifts, including overtime. Most extras make money from daily soaps, but producers have asked us to make payments only when the situation normalises.”

Fortunately, the situation for the stuntmen, who also draw daily wages, is a lot better. Mohammed Aejaz of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures says, “We get our payments in bulk, by way of NEFT or pay order. There is hardly a two per cent cash transaction for stunt artistes. Producers commission stunt directors, who, with the help of our association, choose fighters and body doubles. The payment is made to the association which then disburses money to individual bank accounts. Even spotboys and lightboys are part of a larger organisation, which don’t do cash dealings.”