Director-producer S.A. Chandrasekaran, who took over as the president of the Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC), has said that he had done nothing wrong or illegal by taking over as the president of the Council. After the recent elections elected AIADMK’s Amma to power, Rama Narayanan resigned from the presidentship of the Council amid charges that he showed ‘favouritism’ to the producers.
“The elections were held a few years back with a retired Judge supervising it. Though the tenure of the present body comes to an end only in July 2012, it was felt that the functioning of the Council was controlled mainly by the erstwhile ruling party and the many television channels and a production house affiliated to it. Obviously, those in power (in the Council) had to give in to the many pressures they faced.
“I took up this issue and opposed it in vain but nothing fruitful happened. As such, I had no other go but to distance myself from the Council’s functioning. Everybody knows how they opposed the release of my son Vijay’s ‘Kaavalan’ and how we fought against them to get the film released braving many odds.
“After Raama Narayanan and Sivasakthi Pandian resigned as president and secretary (respectively), the ad0hoc general council has elected me as the president. The general council would soon be meeting to elect its office-bearers. We would try our best to remain apolitical.
“I appeal to all the members to be patient till the general council meeting is convened,” says Chandrasekaran.