Leo: Tribute video for crew under fire for labour exploitation!

PUBLISHED DATE : 25/Mar/2023

Leo: Tribute video for crew under fire for labour exploitation!

On March 23, 2023, the makers of actor Vijay's upcoming movie Leo unveiled a tribute video for the crew who work behind-the-scenes, detailing the hardships they went through while filming in sub-zero temperatures of Pahalgam in the Anantnag district of Kashmir, India. Team Leo had shot in and around Pahalgam for 51 days, and the video montage showed snippets of the working conditions the Chennai-based crew had to deal with in wintery Kashmir. 


'The Crew Behind Leo' video is slowly gaining traction beyond the regular Tamil movie and fandom circle, and some of the responses have been not so favourable for the team. Some Twitter users feel the crew, most of whom are daily-wage labourers were not equipped properly to combat the extreme weather of Kashmir; especially considering most of them are accustomed to working in the tropical South i.e. Tamil Nadu. 

The video also showed some blatant risks the crew was willing to take, to ensure smooth shooting of the movie and this has raised some human-rights concerns, pertaining to the film industry. Glorifying the extreme working conditions of such daily wage labour force is another factor Twitter was not impressed about, with respect to the 'tribute' video. 


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