Full shutdown in Tamil cinema: No shootings, no theatres

With the growing concern over the spread of coronavirus, Film Employees Federation of South India has announced that all scheduled film shootings in Tamil industry would be stopped on March 19 until further notice.

Already, the Tamil Nadu government has ordered closure of all cinema halls in the state.  RK Selvamani, the president of FEFSI, sent out a press release stating that they have come up with such a decision keeping in mind the safety of all members of the associations.

“There will be a huge loss, but we should stand united on this issue. We care about our workers more than anything. We request all technicians and producers to respect our decision and cancel all their shoots from March 19,” read the statement.

“Even though the number of COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is low, we have taken this decision keeping in mind the safety of our members. We have decided to suspend all film, television and ad shooting indefinitely,” said Selvamani.

Appealing for cooperation from all film employees and producers in this regard, FEFSI office bearers have said that a decision on when to resume shooting will be taken later.

Noting that the spread of coronavirus was reportedly lesser in the state, the circular adds that due to lack of safety concerns in the film industry, this decision was being taken. This comes as a big announcement from the Tamil film industry.

On Sunday, the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce, Telugu Film Producers Council and Movie Artists Association (MAA) held a meeting together and unanimously agreed to postpone their shootings. This announcement came following the Telangana government’s directive to close cinema halls until March 21.