Tamil cinema: 150 days of no show

Chennai, Aug 14: Tamil Film Active Producers Association president Bharathiraja today urged Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to grant permission to resume shooting for films immediately.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister, a copy of which was released to press, Bharathiraja wrote, ‘It’s 150 days since theatres were shut and shootings were stopped in Tamilnadu. As a result, several thousands are left jobless. Over 80 and odd films which are in various stages of production are suffering. Following the safety guidelines of government to fight corona, we stand committed with them in their efforts to contain the spread of the pandemic’.

‘I wish the Chief Minister, who gave permission to shoot television serials, grant us the nod to begin shoot for films tomorrow in his I-Day address. We assure to follow whatever conditions are laid’.

Bharathiraja further said, ‘Huge sum have been invested. If given permission to begin shoot, producers will heave a sigh of relief’.

Meanwhile, State Minister for Information and Publicity Kadambur Raju today said, ‘No decision has been made on reopening theatres across the State.’

Addressing reporters in Kovilpatti, he said, ‘Based on how Covid-19 threat recedes, a decision would be taken’.