Split wide open: producers’ council factions trade barbs

Bharathirajaa-led camp accuses Vishal of acting without general body’s consent

In the last 20 months, the Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC) led by actor Vishal and his team has been on collision course with stakeholders such as FEFSI unions, theatre owners and distributors and established digital distribution companies.

Vishal became TFPC president on the promise of ending piracy, streamlining various production processes, and improving the lives of producers of small and medium budget films. However, the discontent within the TFPC has been brewing since the 48-day strike during the crucial summer window. Matters were compounded after the announcement that a new committee would allot dates for release of films, in an effort to streamline releases and prevent several movies being dumped at the box office. However, producers had a litany of complaints – not just about dates being allotted preferentially, but about how some producers routinely disregarded the committee and took decisions on their own.

Grievances pile up

An accumulation of all these grievances seems to have spurred the rival faction led by senior director Bharathirajaa, producers A.L. Azhagappan, Suresh Kamatchi and others to meet Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and apprise him of all that’s going on. While they urged the CM to open ‘AMMA Theatres’ as promised, the members also alleged that Vishal had not been adhering to the bylaws of the council. “Vishal has spent Rs. 7.85 crore left in fixed deposit by the earlier administration without consent from the general body. We request you to appoint a retired judge or a retired IAS officer to streamline the functioning of the producers council,” the members said in a written petition.

In response, Vishal said that general body meeting would be held. “Those who disrupted the general body meeting are now demanding it. They say that Rs. 7.85 crore has been swindled. There is a way to ask for information about accounts. I have not done anything wrong,” he said. He added that the Ilaiyaraaja concert planned by TFPC to raise funds in Februrary next year would take place.

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