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Bollywood becomes nightmare for Canadian couple

By Vidya Sampat

Antara Mali's portrayal of a wannabe star and make it big in Bollywood, may not have much sympathy, and was brushed off as an everyday affair in Mumbai. But Troy Niemens and his fiancée Shaula Vega had an experience, which could portray Bollywood in a bad light. The Canadian couple arrived in New Delhi for a 16-week editing contract with Kaleidoscope Entertainment for their movie American Daylight. The firm owned by Varsha and Bobby Bedi has produced films appealing to the international market. Niemens and Vega were put up at an apartment and shared the place with other people involved with the same film. After putting in more than 16-18 hours of work each day, 12 weeks later, they contracted dengue and added to this, Niemens overheard the director conversing on the telephone that he would fire the Canadian couple without paying them. Scared about their life, the duo packed their bags, and headed to the Indira Gandhi International Airport where they were waiting for their flight, when a police officer walked upto them and arrested them on robbery charges.

What came next was nothing less than a nightmare. The Bedis claimed that the Canadians had stolen footage of the film. Put in Tihar jail among the worst criminals, the couple faced the worse days, sleeping on the concrete floor and in spaces marked with chalk and above all listening to the foulest language in Hindi. All this continued for 22 days before the Delhi High Court quashed their case and they evicted. Now the couple is waiting for their passport, after which they will go home.

Niemens who was obsessed about films and more than excited about working with the world's maximum films churning out organization is so bitter about his experience, that he advises Canadian filmmakers against working with Bollywood. Now that Bollywood is all set to go global, such incidents certainly demoralize foreign filmmakers and could create more bad publicity than good one. So Bollywood beware!


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