Actor-director Ameer is never short of controversies. The bearded Ameer has recently turned producer by producing a film titled Sattai in association with his friend John Max. His recent announcement that efforts are on to align the Tamil Film Directors’ Association (TFDA) with the directors’ association in Hollywood has surprised many within and outside the film fraternity.
Ameer’s announcement of a proposed at a time when many Kollywood directors are making their best possible efforts to set their feet in Hollywood has come out like a bolt from the blue. Ameer hinted at the merger at the audio-launch of Sattai held inside the Sathyam Cinemas premises in the city yesterday.
The incumbent president of FEFSI, Ameer said that “Film-making has always been a joint effort and involves a bunch of hardworking personnel without whose work no film would become a reality. There have been some accusations that the junior artistes don’t pay proper respects to the seniors. As far as I am concerned, I have never missed an opportunity to respect and show proper regards to the seniors.
“However, the seniors ought to realize the path being trodden by us is entirely different from the one they had passed by. Films can’t exist sans the existence of the Directors’ Association. For the first time in the country, our Association has even launched a formal website. As per Meon’s recommendation, we’d certainly initiate efforts to merge the Association with the Hollywood directors’ association.
“I won’t take part in the ensuing elections to the Association which is due in 6 months’ time. I personally feel like persons such as Lingusamy should actively participate in the functioning of the association,” he concluded. Among those who took part in the audio launch are Gautham Menon, ‘Jayam’ Raja, S.P. Jananathan, Samuthirakkani, Prabhu Solomon, actors Vikram Prabhu, Thambi Ramaiyah and Yuvan, actress Mahima and music director D. Imaan.