Frontline heroes, heroines, technicians, producers and directors are expected to take part in a mass rally being planned by the Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC) on 04th April (next Wednesday) to submit their demands to the Govt.
TFPC’s decision not to release any new Tamil films in theatres has been in force effectively for more than a month from the first of this month (March) as film distributors, producers theatre-owners are locked in a tug-of-war with those digitizing Tamil films before delivering them to theatres for screening. The high-cost charged for digitization has badly hurt theatre-owners and distributors.
Council’s president Vishal and office-bearer R.K. Selvamani announced in Chennai yesterday that the protest would continue till their demands are met and their requests are resolved by the Government. “Though it (the protest) hurts us, we shall continue to wage our struggle,” the duo told newsmen yesterday, adding that producers are not benefitting through the hike in fares in theatres.
They also demanded setting up of a separate Tamil Nadu Film Development Corporation on the lines of NFDC. “In order to submit our demands to the Govt. and press for implementation of the same on priority basis, we shall be taking out a rally on Wednesday after which we shall meet chief-minister Edapadi K. Palaniswami to submit our list of demands,” Vishal said.