Ibrahim Rowther, ‘ad-hoc president’ for the Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC), has announced that the Council has clearly followed all the set rules and procedures in sacking S.A. Chandrasekaran, Kalaipuli S. Thanu and Thenappan as the president, treasurer and secretary of the Council (respectively in that order).
Trouble has been brewing in TFPC ever since its general body meeting held last Sunday, sacked the above-said three functionaries and passed resolutions deciding to hold elections to elect fresh set of office-bearers to run the Council. Till such time, it was decided that Rowther would act as the interim president of the Council.
Thaanu has condemned the sacking saying that the general body meeting itself was ‘invalid’ as the president, treasurer and secretary didn’t take part in it. “This is legally wrong. The Council headed by SAC is very much intact. The resolution passed by the dissident Council would affect us in no way,” he said, clearly sending signals that confusion and chaos prevail at the helm of affairs of the Council.
At an emergency meeting held in Monday night, Rowther discussed the scenario with filmmakers K. Rajan, Kayaar, Muralidharan, Satyajothi Thiyagarajan and Editor Mohan. Later, speaking to newspersons, Rowther said “It’s purely legal and valid on our part to evict SAC and two others from the Council as they had been functioning in a manner which was detrimental to the interests of the Council. We have forwarded the resolutions passed to the department of registration.
“SAC has been acting in an arbitrary manner which is clearly understood in the manner in which the shooting of his son Vijay’s Thuppakki continued without any disturbance while the shoot of all other films were stalled due to the strike by FEFSI. He had been a non-functioning president and behaved badly with the office-bearers and functionaries. We had no other go but to sack him and two others. We hope to solve the impasse over the wages issue soon,” he concluded.