TAMIL NADU

Chamber chief asks Tamil, Kannada film industry to settle row

CHENNAI NOV. 24. Representatives of the South Indian film fraternity should soon get together to resolve the dispute between the Tamil and Kannada film industries, the president of the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce (SIFCC), Mohan Sharma, said today after he was elected to the post.

"Both the industries have suffered because of this issue. They should realise the problem now and have a face-to-face talk," he said, adding that the biggest setback for the industry today was the non-screening of Tamil films in Karnataka. "There is no need for us to indulge in politics. Cinema should build bridges, not break them."

The industry and the Government should also take concerted efforts to nurture cinema and take action against video piracy, which was making a dent in the industry, he said.

Mohan Sharma, an actor-producer, defeated the rival candidate, K. Ramachandra Kurup, by about 500 votes in the election to the post of SIFCC (2002-2003) president.

Chinthamani S. Murugesan and A. Loganathan were elected vice-presidents of the distributors and exhibitors groups respectively. P. Changaiah was elected unopposed as vice-president of the studios group and K. Vijayakumar declared elected vice-president of the producers group after other candidates withdrew their nominations.

K. Devivaraprasad and L. Suresh were declared honorary secretaries of the studios-producers and distributors-exhibitors groups respectively. A. Pundarikakshayya was announced elected treasurer of the chamber.