The Tamil Film Producers Council has imposed some new regulations on both the actors and directors with immediate effect from Sunday.
In the annual General body meeting of the council, they passed these resolutions to bring down the cost in the wake of the recession which has hit the film industry. After hearing the resolutions, the actors' association reacted sharply that they will discuss the entire episode shortly.
Here are the resolutions passed in the meeting:
* Big budget star movies can only release during festival season or on National holidays (Pongal, Republic Day (January 26) Tamil New Year (April 14), May Day (May 1), Independence Day (August 15), Diwali, Ramzan or Christmas. Any film that releases with 80 or more prints and digital format is considered big.
* Small films are those with less than 80 prints, and two of them as per their date issued by the censor board can release every week. Not more than two films can be released per week. The council has also decided to provide a subsidy of Rs 2 lakhs to films that release only in 24 screens or less than that. TFPC will regulate the release date.
* Artists who have delivered a flop have been asked to give priority dates to the same producer if he wants to start his next film and recoup his losses. The artists have to give dates according to the payment received, and cannot jump the queue to favour any new producer.
* Artiste's date coordination will be directly with the star and not through his/ her manager.
* Perhaps the most important resolution is that henceforth for a small film a maximum of only 75 film rolls can be used, and 125 rolls for big movies, during production. This will cut down the excessive film rolls used by certain directors, who are knownfor consuming 300 plus rolls while making a film. The producer can now complain to the TFPC if a particular director exceeds the stipulated limit.