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prabhu selvarasu (advocate)     01 December 2009

child labour

 why does not child artists of cinema not come under child labour  under Indian laws?, even just born babies are used in cinemas.


 5 Replies


Prabhu ji,

A very good question. One of the argument of producers and directors that children in films are treated as cine artists and not considered as child labour.

Let us wait what our experts say.

Feroz M Shafeeque (Police Officer)     02 December 2009

I think the law makers also accepted the argument. That may be the reason why film acting was not included in Shedule A or B of The Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act.

N.K.Assumi (Advocate)     04 December 2009

Not a single definition of child labour exist which is exhaustive and acceptable to all - the Government, Social scientist, Encelopedia of Social Science,National Sample Survey (NSSO)NGOs etc. Yet, it is worth noting ILO's comprehensive definitionof Child labour, according to which: "Child labour includes children permaturely living adult lives, working long hours for low wages under condition damaging to their health and physical and mental development, sometimes seperated from their families, frequently deprived of meaningful educational and training opportunities that could open up for them a better life.

Theja (Lawyer)     04 December 2009

This is very good question. So if we look at the definition provided by Assumi Sir then even child artists shall come within the definition of Child Labor. The child artists in so many movies are made to work in unsafe environment also.

prabhu selvarasu (advocate)     20 December 2009

Thanks for your advice sir,


Child artist really affected physically as well as mentally , like physically  heavy artificial lighting , chemical make up, night time shooting and etc , in other side  mentally  they speak unusual dialogue it may be changed their character in future  and etc. so I suggest we need strong law for protect children right,




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