Tamil Film Producers’ Council and the theatres across Tamil Nadu are on a strike at the present moment and no shootings or screening are happening because of the strike. Led by President of TFPC Vishal, the strike is in its fourth week now and has already created problems for many producers, directors, actors and distributors and the industry has now started to feel the heat of it. But general audience and outsiders are not really aware of what the demands of the TFPC are and why this strike is being taken so seriously. Here are the pints that the Tamil Films Producers’ Council are asking for:
- Online booking charges should be reduced so that the customers are benefitted.
- Segregate the classes of tickets into First, Second, Third and hence forth so that people from all economical classes can watch the films in theatres.
- Theatres will have to bear the projector expenses and producers will only for the mastering of the content.
- Computerisation of tickets across all theatres to make collections more transparent.
- Theatre owners to have direct agreement with producer and no syndicate should run this.
Actor and President of TFPC Vishal said that talks with the DSPs and theatre owners are under way and are heading in the right direction. Vishal also added that soon an outcome would be seen from the discussions which will benefit everyone in the industry and in the theatre business. Vishal also said that there is no way the producers will agree to pay the VPF quoted by the Digital Service Providers.
Vishal has received support from his friends and colleagues from the film industry regarding the strike and the shutdown of shootings and theatres is being followed religiously by everyone. No films have released since March 1st, 2018 and there are about 37 films lined up for release having finished the censorship formalities.