Just weeks before the Tamil Nadu Producer Council elections, the council has suspended the membership of actor Vishal, thus giving him a solid ground to kickstart his campaign for the upcoming elections. The decision of the producers’ body was taken because of an interview that Vishal gave to a Tamil magazine recently. Taking exception to his observations about its functioning, the council on September 2 issued a letter to Vishal seeking his explanation.
On November 12, the executive committee discussed Vishal’s explanation and after which the association decided to “temporarily suspended” the actor and Nadigar Sangam Secretary, Vishal, as they found his explanation “unsatisfactory.” Vishal wasted no time in calling a press conference and making his stand clear on Monday. He said he has been suspended because the producers’ council was unhappy with him asking “right questions.” And he added that he will continue to raise his voice for the welfare of all producers, mainly small-time producers.
He alleged that producers’ council has received a forensic report suggesting that the piracy video of at least seven new films were made at the PVR Orion mall in Bengaluru. And the current office bearers are yet to act on the report. He also said that he has been advocating some structural changes in the functioning of the council, which will safeguard the interests of small film producers.
Reacting sharply to Vishal’s criticisms, producer Kalaipuli Thanu had said that no producers have made profits working with Vishal and he should be educated on how to talk to people.
Last year’s Nadigar Sangam, also known as the South Indian Artistes’ Association, elections began on a similar note. The team led by Vishal turned the incumbent tide against the then office bearers led by actor Sarathkumar. During the long and bitter campaign, both parties threw a lot of muck on each other and even affected the relationships between the actors in the Tamil film industry to some extent. Eventually, the new team managed to pull off a stunning upset to three-time President Sarathkumar.
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Vishal has also vowed to lead a campaign in the upcoming TFPC elections and prepare a manifesto highlighting the current problems faced by the film industry under the current administration.