The victory of the rebels Pandavar Ani group in the Nadigar Sangam election means a lot for the south Indian film fraternity.
Sarathkumar, ex-President, who along with his brother-in-law Radha Ravi, ex-general secretary, had a tough battle on their hands against their rivals, a team comprising five leaders – actors Nasser, Vishal, Ponvannan, Karunas and Karthi after the brothers-in-law had signed a controversial land deal with SPI Cinemas, to lease out the prime property of artistes’ body for 29 years and 11 months, to construct a seven-storey building housing a multiplex with one floor allotted for Nadigar Sangam besides a monthly rental of Rs. 26 lakhs. The rebel camp opposed the deal, alleged violations in the agreement and demanded the cancellation of the deal.
Now that the Pandavar Ani has had an overwhelming victory in the state’s most influential body, the new office bearers of Nadigar Sangam formed in 1952 by MGR and Sivaji Ganesan and their contemporaries – will have three immediate agendas in their hand.
Reconstitute the trust: The association was registered as a Public Charitable Trust in 1987 under the name of Nadigar Sangam Charitable Trust with the object of helping poor artistes, dramatists and persons belonging to weaker sections by providing educational, medical and other relief. The trust was to be administered by nine members who constitute the Board of Trustees.
Six other trustees shall be nominated by the executive committee of the association. The new leadership will have reconstitute the trust and the board of trustees before fulfilling their promises.
Cancellation of the agreement: This may be done by the new office bearers under the new board of trustees or with the help of the court. Since a suit filed in the Madras High Court in this regard comes very much within the scope of Section 92 Civil Procedure Code, the court can give a suitable order by setting aside the agreement on the petition or by taking over the trust with an administrator. This may also be followed a criminal complaint against Sarathkumar and Radha Ravi for the alleged mismanagement and violations in the land deal that was signed by them.
Raising a new Nadigar Sangam building: It was in 1977, when actor-turned-politician M G Ramachandran became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, the Nadigar Sangam building was constructed comprising a preview theatre, a gym and an office space.
Now that the “Nadigar Sangam is missing and only a gate remains” as comedian Vadivelu said last week referring to its demolition in 2010, new leaders will have to call a general body meeting to decide on the construction of a new building. This meeting may be discussed about raising fund for the new structure, its objectives and a purpose. The body has more than 3,000 members from various fields like film, drama and TV artistes.