Children artists in the entertainment industry work unevenly

New Delhi: A child artist is defined by the Prohibition and Regulation of Child and Adolescent Labor Act (CALPRA) of 1986 as a child who performs and practices any work as a hobby or profession directly involving him as an actor, singer or athlete, or engaged in activities related to entertainment or sports. No child may work more than five hours a day and not more than three hours without a break, according to this law. However, directors and casting agencies have broken the law and most children unaware of the law have continued to work 9-10 hours or even 12 hours in a row.
According to a study conducted by Child Rights and You (CRY), children working in the entertainment industry are harmed by long unpredictable hours without rest and lack of care for education and regular education in pursuit of money and fame. Ridhi Lohe, a child artist, has worked in several films, but is best known for Acme (2016) and Wanyamanus (2015). Speaking to The Sunday Guardian, she said: “I started making small roles, movies and commercials at the age of five. I worked nine hours in a row and I don’t remember getting tired very often. I was a child then, so I hardly remember anything, but everyone around me supported me a lot. ”
Speaking about her daughter’s mental health, her mother Swati Lohe said: “She is a brilliant child and quite mature. She was pampered by other members of the crew on the set. I remember that she was always surrounded by people and loved to do what she did. I had seen her work long hours, and that bothered me, too, so I advised her to take breaks between them. The pandemic changed Reedy’s views on life; she loves to play the piano but wants to pursue a career in psychiatry. She has kept her passion for music. She had to miss school several times due to photo schedules, but she managed to do her schoolwork.
“Child artists are often invisible victims of child labor. They enter the world of adults without the necessary support and care and precautions that must be in place and ignored by all stakeholders, including parents. Passing laws for these children is useless unless there is a commitment from all stakeholders to guarantee the rights of these children, “said Crianne Rabadi, CRY’s regional director (West).
The number of child artists in India is unknown. Children artists working in the audiovisual entertainment industry, such as advertising, cinema, television or sports, are exempt from child labor rules as long as they receive continuing education and safety measures. However, many child artists have to leave their schools, but now the scenario has changed. “They often miss their schools due to filming schedules, but after the pandemic, due to the hybrid education regime, most classes are online. So when they attend classes, we keep a duplicate (another young artist of the same height and physique) and shoot them from behind. However, as a technician, I can say that we are overwhelmed, because I have seen many child artists go into hysteria and not shoot, in the end the whole shooting schedule is slowed down, “said a cameraman, who wished to remain anonymous and has worked with several children artists. Most of the welfare is taken care of by their parents and they often bring food from home repeatedly, food is also provided on the set. There are several cases when children often work to make their parents’ dreams come true. “I’ve seen parents force their children to go to interviews, but that’s not always the case. By the age of 13, we can easily find the availability of children artists, but once they reach puberty, it becomes difficult for parents to control them. These days, middle-class parents are focusing on ensuring that their children get good results on board exams, and acting is a secondary opportunity for their children, “Assistant Director Amit told the newspaper.
“Team members, including directors and actors, entertain the children. Opening hours depend on movies and commercials; “Once the artists have finished their photography, they are free to go around and study,” Amit said.

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