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Despite claiming innocent Saami gets one year ban

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    By: Settu Shankar
    Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    The Tamil Film Producers Council has been imposed one year ban on director Saami for his behavior with actress Padmapriya. At the same time the council had dismissed the actress's allegation on Saami about his sexual harassment and narrated this as a 'false' one.

    A couple of days before director Saami had slapped the actress on the sets of Mirugam for her poor performance in a crucial scene in the climax shoot of the film. Soon after this incident, the actress left the sets and lodged a complaint on Saami in Actors Association and Tamil Film Producers Council. Both the trade bodies have called Saami and Padmapriya for enquiry yesterday evening. Most of the office bearers of the Producers Council including its President Rama Narayanan, Vice President Anbalaya Prabhakaran and Secretary Sivasakthi Pandian attended the meeting. The Vice President of Actors Association Vijayakumar has attended the meeting behalf of their President Sarath Kumar. Other functionaries and members of the union also attended the meeting.

    The council heard the happenings in the sets from both the actress and director. Saami explained his side and however apologized to the council but he has demanding a public apology from Padmapriya for her wrong statements and allegations. But the unconvinced functionaries of the council had announced a year ban on director Saami in the late evening of the day. But for the sake of the producer of Mirugam, they allowed Saami to complete the remaining portions of the film. The council instructed to the actress also to attend the shooting of the film and cooperate with Saami.

    This decision has been accepted unanimously by all the trade bodies of the Tamil film industry including FEFSI. The director and actress also told that they could abide the decision of the council. The ban on Saami will comes to practice after the completion of the film Mirugam.

    'Padmapriya's allegation is false'

    When the meeting was over, the Vice President of the Producers Council Anbalaya Prabhakaran told that the allegation of sexual harassment leveled by Padmapriya on Saami is totally wrong and false one.

    He met the press persons after the meeting was over, and told: "The only thing happened in the set was director Saami's attack on the actress. But Padmapriya's allegations about his sexual torture is a false one. May be she was emotionally forced to level these charges. However we couldn't tolerate the attack on an artist, that too a lady..."

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