By: Settu Shankar
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
The Tamil film stars are angry with South Indian Artists Association (Nadigar Sangam) and it's President Sarath Kumar, for making it compulsory to give five percent of their salary to the association!
A few days ago, the Tamil films producer's council and Nadigar Sangam made it clear to the film stars that five percent of their salary should be given to the Sangam. Moreover, it will be cut from the advance amount given to the artists at the time of signing the contract. The problem is, sometimes the producers never pay the full amount to the artists due to flops and other financial crisis. In such a situation, the artist will have incurred a huge loss due to this 5 percent fee cut.
The producers council has announced that the terms of agreement have come into effect from August 15th. Many small actors feel that the agreement will affect them severely due to their meagre salary. At the same time, the agreement clearly tells that it will never allow any non member to act in any kind of films in the industry.
Meanwhile, an informal meeting was convened by a few stars who are opposed to the agreement at a star hotel on Sunday. Most of them blasted the President of the Sangam for his 'half baked' decision. One of the actors said that the so called Sangam has no rights to grab their earnings and if need be, they will approach the court to curb the Sangam's biased decision.
After coming to know about this meeting and the feelings of its participants, Sarath Kumar has decided to sort out the issues amicably. It is being said that he will arrange for a meeting soon to discuss the issue with the film stars.