Boycott Blemished Light!
Blemished Light is a $2 million indie film written and directed by Raj Amit Kumar and starring Victor Bannerjee and Ankur Vikal. Amit Kumar [The “Raj” is not on his resident alien papers and may be made up.] is my former employer, who stiffed me and fired me for not reading his mind and for not being available 24/7 on an $18,000 salary. I gave up a data entry opportunity with GoodTemps in order to work for him, and, being graduate school colleagues, I informed him that I was in housing court because I was unable to find a desk job, and any other sort of job is unsustainable for me. He used and abused me, and I think people should respond by ignoring his film in droves. He told his girlfriend, Nita Parikh, that I would be homeless if I lost my job, and she said so to the entire staff in a business meeting.
I live in a homeless shelter because they overworked and underpaid me. They forced me to work unpaid overtime on the grounds that I was salaried, which I only later learned was illegal. I contacted an attorney in Jacksonville, but unfortunately, they didn’t leave enough of a paper trail to easily make building a case against them.
I was let go from Maruti Transit on April 26, 2012, under circumstances detailed previously in this blog. I continued to work for 69 Productions over that time, but since I was paid only for my work at Maruti, I learned that everything I was doing with 69 Productions was under the table, and indeed, slave labor, when I received no payment for my work from April 30-May 4. On that day, Mr. Kumar was annoyed that I was rolling his suitcase up step by step to avoid harming my back after he told me to get it from his car. He knew damn well that I had a back problem, but apparently considered me his slave. That led to a tirade about how sometimes I was supposed to be condensing what he wrote, and other times, I should be rewriting. He never made that clear, and acted like I should have known, just like he acted like I should have known how to approach his paper from a book jacket outline, 100+ sources he wouldn’t prioritize. When he showed up to the meetings he scheduled (almost never), he would explain his seminar papers paragraph by paragraph as though I were an idiot rather than actually giving me instructions on what he needed me to do.
Whatever you do, make sure that Blemished Light is a bomb even by indie film standards!