Tamil producer Ashok Kumar’s has shocked the entire South Indian film industry and many are mourning his death. Ashok Kumar is said to have blamed financier, Anbuchezhian, for the pressure he was under and had to take the extreme step of killing himself. Ashok Kumar’s cousin and director M. Sasikumar has filed a police complaint in Chennai and has said that it is a murder and not a suicide. Tamil Film Producers’ Council President and actor Vishal has also spoken out about the death of Ashok Kumar and has asked people to approach them if they are facing any issues with financiers. In a long post on his Facebook page, Vishal has also said that they are working hard on these kinds of issues so that no producer is at loss or is affected by these things.
“Devastated to hear the sad demise of a Dear Friend, Ashok Kumar who sacrificed his life succumbing to the pressure created by Financiers…. I truly wish that this will be the last Sacrifice in the name of Financial burden…. Suicide is not a solution & I hereby request Producers to reach out to us if they face such threats from Financiers, we will be more than happy to help them out,” Vishal wrote on his Facebook page.
Vishal has also urged the police to investigate the case thoroughly and bring the people responsible for Ashok Kumar’s death to justice. “It’s time, we put an end to such Financiers who harass producers & conduct kattapanjayathu. We wish all Producers stay united and work towards the welfare of each one of us. I request the Police to take stringent action and bring justice to the innocent’s death & also consider this as a Murder & not Suicide…. This is a direct warning to all Financiers, likeminded people & so called federations who extort money, more than the stipulated interest & to the People who harass honest Producers & family members,” Vishal wrote.