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Wednesday, March 01, 2006
The long simmering volcano has erupted finally. At the meeting of the working committee of the Tamilnadu Producers Association, a decision hitherto not taken by the association has been taken. "For working against the interests of the association, President T G Thyagarajan.
Some big producers for the past 6 months and some nonentity producers who have nothing much to speak of for the past few years, have been talking against television channels, especially Sun TV. But as chief of the Producers Association, T G Thyagarajan has not given them any support. At the slightest hint of a meeting, he found the flimsiest excuses to keep away.
When he was not producing films, Thyagarajan was in the field because of his television serials. His serial 'Anandam' running on Sun TV is giving him good returns. The working committee of the Producers Association decided to take some measures against Sun TV. On learning of it, Thyagarajan sent a letter that he could not participate in any meeting till the 22nd, and if any decision was taken before that, it would not be valid.
Frustrated by this, the members had an urgent meeting yesterday where they dismissed Thyarajan and replaced him with A M Rathnam as president of the Producers Association.
This decision has received the green flag from S A Chandrasekhar and R Sundarrajan, President and Secretary of the Directors Association. In a statement they released on behalf of the Directors Association, they declared, "The association members need not give any interview to TV channels. If they do so, they will receive no support from any association including FEFSI."
In the decision to remove T G Thyagarajan, there are as many who signed for it as there are, who support him. The same is true of the Directors Association. Since the issue could lead to a lot of turbulence in the film field, Kodambakkam is hardly thrilled about the ensuing cyclone