The strike which had brought the Tamil film industry to a grinding halt has finally been called off. The official announcement is expected to take place on Wednesday.
The tripartite talks between the Tamil Film Producers Council, Digital Service Providers and the Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association, in the presence of ministers Kadambur Raju and K C Veeramani, on Tuesday yielded positive results.
With no Tamil films getting released from March 1, there are over 45 films awaiting release, and with production having been stopped completely from March 16, tens of thousands of people have been out of work, and over a thousand screens in the state have had no new Tamil content during this time.
Expressing happiness at the decision to call off strike, producer Dhananjayan Govind tweeted, “Very happy & relieved the #TamilCinemaStrike will come to an end this week. Great unity among all Producers to get the best out of this situation & happy maximum possible could be obtained. Looking forward to smoother working of industry from now. Great job @VishalKOfficial “
Sources, who were a part of the talks that were initiated by the State government, said as part of the agreement reached, the Virtual Print Fee (VPF) for e-cinema projectors will be slashed by 50 per cent.
Jayendra Panchapakesan of Qube cinema also confirmed that the strike has been called off. The strike is the longest ever that the Tamil industry has undertaken and for the first time, there were no releases for the Tamil New Year, a much coveted date at the box office.