Producers stage protest against Vishal
A section of producers today laid siege to Tamil Film Producers Council office in T Nagar and locked the office alleging that the president of the council, Vishal, has been acting against their interests
Members of the organisation including A L Azhagappan, J K Ritheesh, Suresh Kamakshi, Sakthi Chidambaram, along with a few others, reached the office at T Nagar and raised slogans against Vishal.
Recently, actor-producers RK Suresh and Udaya, who stood hand in hand with Vishal during the Nadigar Sangam and Producers’ Council elections, resigned from the post of Executive Committee members of the Tamil Nadu Film Producers’ Council (TFPC).
In an interview to a television channel, Udaya and Suresh claimed that Vishal has not kept up his word and that the situation of small film producers is worse than before.
“A major issue producers face these days is the availability of theatres. But, when big budget films hit the screens, small-budget films suffer the most without getting enough theatres. Vishal promised that he would sort this out but he hasn’t,” they said.
Udhaya said, “Vishal is my good friend but he is not helping small producers in tough situations. We are not getting enough screens. He came to power by promising that small producers will not suffer anymore but now, only the biggies are getting all the screens in the state.”
Various other allegations have been put forward, including stopping of pension money of Rs 12,500 to producers over 80 years of age and for certain senior executives, and reduction in insurance cover, without the approval of the Executive Committee.