Council confusion & Chamber chaos- F’day Spl. Article by Naveen

Tamil cinema has always been plagued by one controversy or the other. Known for its infighting and groupism, the latest example is the floating of Tamil Film Chamber of Commerce.

Recently, some prominent stakeholders of the industry met in Chennai and elected prominent theatre owner and producer Abirami Ramanathan as the president of the chamber.

Amid a buzz that the chamber is the brainchild of those against Vishal, the president of Tamil Film Producers Council, it is being claimed that Tamil Film Chamber of Commerce is powerful than TFPC as the latter only has producers whereas the former is an association for the entire trade.

“Tamil Film Chamber of Commerce comprises of producers, theater owners and distributors in Kollywood. Its decision will be unanimously accepted,” those close to the chamber said.

They also point out that Vishal recalled the strike that was earlier announced by him, after the chamber announced that it would not participate in the strike called by the Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC) to put pressure on the government to increase ticket prices and take action against piracy.

However, those close to Vishal in TFPC said that they do not view anyone as competition and their good work for the bright future of the industry would continue.

“The new president has been taking various measures to safeguard the industry from issues such as piracy, low ticket rates etc. We need everyone’s cooperation and we are sure we will succeed,” they said.

Explaining on why they decided to not participate in the strike, Abirami Ramanathan, said, “When we met Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, he immediately called the officers concerned and directed them to look into the matter. Hence, we have decided not to participate in the strike.”

On his decision, Vishal said, “R K Selvamani of FEFSI and representatives of various associations including, Vikraman from Tamil Nadu Directors Association, held talks with us and we have decided to drop the strike plan.”

He added: “We want to make it clear that we had planned the strike to ensure that conditions in the industry improved and not to go against the government.”

In the meantime, another body called that South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce also exists, it is to be noted. We will have to wait and see which organisation functions for the welfare of the Tamil film industry.

By Naveen