The Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi said so yesterday, questioning critics what was wrong if his sons and grandsons made their presence felt in Tamil cinema.
“There is so much criticism against my family members for being involved in the film industry. Yes, my grandsons are into producing movies. But it is not a wrong thing to produce movies as it is also an accepted profession,”? he said at the at the music launch of ‘Murattu Kaalai’, a film produced by his grand nephew Gunanidhi Amirtham here.
Karunandhi’s grandsons, Udayanidhi Stalin and Dayanidhi Azhagiri, have floated their own film production companies, while one of his grandnephews and brother of Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran, Kalanidhi Maran, who co-owns media empire Sun TV Group, has also stepped into production.
“It would not be a matter of surprise even if my great grandson also becomes a producer.”, the 86-year old CM said.
Karunanidhi said he has been associated with the Tamil film industry for the past 50 years, referring to his career as a scriptwriter for various films, including the landmark Parasakthi, which launched thespian Sivaji Ganesan in Tamil cinema.
At the function, actor Vikram received the first copy of the film’s audio CD from the Chief Minister. Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin, Tamil Film Producers Council president Rama Narayanan, Film Employees Federation of South India chief V C Guhanathan, producer Karunamoorthy, actor-director R Parthiban, actors Vivek, Suman and others took part.