Three Tamil film producers challenge cine forum’s rules

June 19th, 2008 - 10:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, June 19 (IANS) Film producers Kayaar, A.M. Rathinam and Raadhika Sarath Kumar have filed a petition in the Madras High Court challenging amended rules of the Tamil Film Producers’ Council, saying the new rules are aimed at keeping them out of the council’s forthcoming polls. The amended rules shut out Kayaar and Rathinam on the basis of their Telugu origin, as well as Sun TV-backed presidential candidate Kumar, who heads a group of television producers. The producers allege that the rules will ensure the victory of pro-DMK candidate, director Rama Narayanan.

It is immediately not clear whether Kumar will quit her existing post to contest the polls.

Kayaar and Rathinam - who themselves produce films in a number of languages, including Tamil and Telugu - are supported by the opposition AIADMK party.

Rama Narayanan, president of the council, reportedly introduced two rules to make Kumar ineligible.

According to the new rules, members of management committees of other film-related or TV-related associations and unions are not eligible to contest for the council management committee mermbership and people with Tamil as mother-tongue alone can contest for the six positions, including presidentship in the management committee.

“By introducing a new law wherein persons of non-Tamil origin and office-bearers of other media trade bodies cannot contest the polls, Narayanan is forcing a virtual zero-contest,” Kayaar and Rathinam told reporters earlier.

Narayanan, however, maintained that the council was well within its powers to amend the by-law since it was done before elections were announced last week.

Sun TV promoters Kalanidhi and Dayanidhi Maran, estranged grandnephews of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, were not available for comment.

Sources from their channel, however, said that by helping the contest of Kumar for president’s post it was only attempting to safeguard its future by ensuring a steady supply of film software.

The ruling party is reportedly hindering the supply chain now.

Meanwhile, notices have been ordered by a local court to director Bharti Raja in a litigation challenging his continuance as president of the Directors’ Association, sources close to petitioner and director R.C. Shakti said.

Raja is presently directing a television serial for Kalaignar TV - a channel owned by the ruling DMK.

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