Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday said the film industry in Tamil Nadu has been functioning independently after her government assumed office two years ago.
“The Tamil film industry has the pride of nurturing the growth of whoever came under its fold... I need not explain to you what was happening two years ago...you are well aware of it,” the Chief Minister said inaugurating the four-day celebrations to mark the centenary of Indian cinema, organised by the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce and the State government.
Observing that Tamil Nadu has been a land of growth for those who came here, Jayalalithaa said even now, actors from various states, playback singers and music directors are in the forefront in the Tamil film industry. It is because those who are associated with the industry practise the virtue of ‘live and let live’.
Taking a dig at those who were trying to monopolise the film industry, the Chief Minister said such persons have fallen due to their own attitude.
“Had these persons practiced the virtue of ‘live and let live’, they would have not fallen now.”
Giving a long list of actors, singers, music directors and others, who have contributed to the growth of the Tamil film industry, the CM said it would not be an exaggeration to say that cinema was the most excellent art form created by the human race after civilisation. She paid encomiums to her political mentor and former CM M G Ramachandran, who dominated the Tamil film industry for several decades.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister presented awards to commemorate the centenary celebrations of Indian cinema to 59 personalities in the film industry. Those who received the awards included actors Sivakumar, Rajinikant, Kamal Haasan, Saroja Devi, Manorama, M N Rajam and music maestro Ilayaraja. More: P4