‘Marjaavaan’ and ‘Housefull 4’ sound editor Nimish Pilankar dies at 29

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Sound technician, Nimish Pilankar who worked on films like ‘Marjaavaan‘, ‘Housefull 4‘, ‘Kesari’ and ‘Race 3’ passed away at the age of 29 in Mumbai. Reportedly Nimish was suffering from high blood pressure, which resulted in brain haemorrhage. His untimely death came as a shock to his colleagues who have raised questions on how technicians are treated in the film industry.

As per a Times of India report, Nimish started off his Bollywood career with ‘Race 3’. He has even worked on ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ and the recently released ‘Bypass Road‘ . His death led to a debate on Twitter as to how technicians despite being a backbone of the industry are always overworked and underpaid.

Highlighting the plight of such technicians, actor Vipin Sharma expressing his grief on Nimish’s death took to Twitter and wrote, “Many techs work Overtime n rarely get paid for that. It’s terrible. Afraid to lose work they stay quiet n keep working. Many times they may not get fully paid as well while they already accept to work for less money in the first place. Rest in Peace Nimish Pilankar(sic).”

Later Akshay Kumar offered his condolence to Nimish’s family. “Very sad to learn about the passing away of Nimish Pilankar, that too at such a young age. My heart goes out to his family at this difficult time,” wrote the ‘Kesari actor. 

Filmmaker Dr Mrunalinni Patil also raised the question of how technicians are never given the credit and fee that they deserve. “SOUND TECHNICIAN, NIMISH PILANKAR, aged 29, has passed away…of high blood pressure leading to brain haemorrhage. Point is; does anyone care? Technicians contribute silently n immeasurably to Bollywood cinema. They work long hours coz they love cinema. Do they get credit,” she wrote in her post.

Filmmaking is never a one-man show, several people come together to translate the director’s vision on the celluloid. So why is it after a film becomes a success at the box office, it’s only the lead actors who walk away with all the credit?

It’s really high time that Bollywood starts addressing these pressing issues as well.

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