While ETV and Gemini have agreed to stop airing dubbed serials by Ugadi, Maa and Zee are yet to follow suit
Artistes and technicians of the Telugu television industry have decided to intensify their agitation against dubbed serials from Monday. The course of agitation includes a fast-unto-death by TV actor Vijay Yadav from April 12.
On Friday, representatives of the Telugu Television Parishrama Pariraskhana Samithi held a protest in front of the offices of Maa TV and Zee Telugu and presented memorandum seeking a ban on dubbed serials by Ugadi.
“We will go each day and sit in front of their office,” D. Suresh, convenor of the Joint Action Committee (JAC), which is spearheading the agitation, said. The JAC claims soaps dubbed from other languages were depriving local talent of their livelihood and were also affecting the Telugu language and culture.
“We have received positive responses from ETV and Gemini TV; they have agreed to stop dubbed serials by Ugadi day. We are pursuing the issue with others,” Mr. Suresh said. Zee Telugu had also sympathised with the cause and expressed its willingness in principle but a written assurance has not been received yet, he said.
On March 31, a total shutdown of all television shooting would be observed in the city and a final representation of the demand made. From April 1 to 10, the artists, anchors, technicians and producers would participate in a relay hunger strike at Dharna Chowk, followed by senior actor Vijay Yadav launching his fast-unto-death a day after Ugadi. Mr. Yadav said they were left with no choice but to agitate.
“There are 62 dubbed serials that are on air and we have been vainly pleading the case of local talent for years,” he added.