Tamil Film Producers Council members ask Vishal to resign as President, threaten to go on strike

A section of the Tamil Film Producers Council has asked actor Vishal to resign as president of the council, now that he has taken a plunge into active politics and has threatened an indefinite protest

Published: 05th December 2017 07:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th December 2017 11:36 AM   |  A+A-

Actor Vishal paying his respects at Amma Samadhi on Monday morning. (Express Photo | Sunish Surendran)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: A section of the Tamil Film Producers Council has asked actor Vishal to resign as president of the council, now that he has taken a plunge into active politics and has threatened an indefinite protest until he quits. Members of the council, led by director Cheran, held a press meet at the council office near Gemini flyover even as Vishal was filing his nomination for the RK Nagar bypoll in Tondiarpet, alleging that Vishal had prioritised his own interest above theirs.

Cheran, who claimed to represent the voice of majority of the members, alleged that Vishal had done nothing for the producers council since he became president eight months ago. “He has not fulfilled any promise. Everything is false..”, he told the press.

Cheran highlighted how the council, which has 1,230 members, undeniably depended on the government’s support for concessions and that Vishal’s entry into active politics might cause a rift between the government and the council.

In a letter to Vishal, Cheran said Vishal’s entry into politics, even as he remains the president of the council, would affect the lives of 10 lakh people in the film industry.Members of the council staged a sit-in protest at the council office near the Gemini flyover.

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