Since last few months, Vishal has been hitting headlines for all the wrong reasons. Now, the actor has found himself amidst another controversy that has taken the industry by storm. Now according to reports, Savukku, an online whistleblower site, claims that the actor and president of Tamil Film Producers’ Council had struck a deal with Lyca Productions. Reportedly, Vishal, who had promised to curb piracy in the industry, had commissioned a private investigation agency to find out the identity of website administrators who were behind piracy websites. When he got the list, he came to know that ‘lycamovie.com’ was behind the domain IDs of several such sites. Reports suggest that he struck a deal with them, according to which the company will bankroll Vishal’s films.
Tamil film producers and others including Bharathiraja, Radha Ravi, T Rajendharr and JK Riteish, held a press conference and asked Vishal to step down from his post. Speaking at the press conference, producer K Rajan slammed, “How can you head the producer’s council when you don’t produce any films?”
Producer K Radhakrishnan, who convened a press meet said, “Vishal got elected to office in April 2017. When he assumed office, he said he will resign in 11 months if he doesn’t deliver on his promises and it has been 14 months and he still has not delivered. When I was part of the last council, an amount of Rs 7 crore was deposited in the bank and it has been used up without permission.”
He further added, “Till the last term of Thanu, no administration has ever touched this FD. Vishal’s team said it will generate its own money, but it does not seem to have happened. When it was managed by Thanu, a general body meeting was always held within 45 days of assuming office, but we have not had a meeting till now.”
When Times Of India reached out to Vishal, here’s how he reacted: “That’s a huge allegation they are making on a production house (referring to the site claiming that a production house is involved in piracy) and I really do hope they have proof to substantiate their claim. Is it a problem that they are funding my films, or other films as well? The Kerala police have nabbed the admins of TamilRockers. That said, we are trying to cut the mother source because all prints that have been uploaded online have been taken from theatres. That’s why we’ve been asking for a joint meeting with theatre owners. There should be thorough vigilance for at least four days after a film’s release inside the theater. Only then can we completely root out piracy. As far as the issue of censored movies not releasing, the question has to be answered by Mr Jhabak, Michael Rayappan, Pandiraj and others. We’d given them first preference… April 27, May 4, May 11… but they were not ready to release the films because of some issues. Movies are releasing as per queue system. And people can check it up, but come to the council office and do that. We’ve maintained accounts for all the expenses. No one can misappropriate funds nor take money under the table. As of now, I haven’t received any communication regarding the happenings. I don’t know which reputed producer has a problem with the council’s proceedings… the industry is going in a righteous path and let our actions speak louder than words”