Whatever was his administrative style during his last tenure as chief minister, one thing Kalaignar(Karunanidhi) did concentrate a lot was about the Tamil film industry. Even those who are his harsh critics in the industry admit on condition of anonymity that it was during his tenure that there were plenty of sops on offer which benefited technicians, film producers and directors to a great extent.
When Sarath Kumar, the president of Nadigar Sangam, appealed to Kalaignar to consider setting up of a separate Board to look after the welfare of those in the film industry, the latter immediately agreed to it and gave his in-principle approval to the proposal. However, the situation is vastly different today under the new regime headed by Amma(Jayalalitha) who hardly takes part in filmy functions unlike her predecessor Kalaignar.
Even the ‘tax emption’ to films with pure Tamil titles has many clauses in it which are seldom satisfied by films. Getting tax emption on entertainment tax for their films has become a great struggle for producers and directors. The industry is said to be in a state of ‘apprehension’ not knowing what might be in the offing. Allegations have, however been levelled against the Government for ‘ignoring’ good films for tax exemption.
Udhayanidhi’s Oru Kal Oru Kannadi is stated in this context. It is further stated that it was nothing but politics which stood between the film and the grant of tax emption. Balaji Sakthivel’s latest film Vazhakku Enn 18/9, which has won critical acclaim from all media, is another film which has been over-looked for grant of tax exemption. Same is the case with Rattinam which hit the screens yesterday.
Films such as Rattinam which are made only on small-scale can hope to earn some degree of profit only if the tax exemption is granted soon after its theatrical release.