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Kollywood Producers, Federation of Small Screen Technicians, And FEFSI Request Resumption Of Post-Productional Activities

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in March, the film and television industry had suspended all administrative, post-production, and promotional work for the movies to avoid the spread of the deadly virus. Following this, the nation-wide lockdown led to the shutting down of all sectors, leaving all daily wage workers out of an income.


After several extensions, the lockdown that was to end on May 3 was further deferred by two weeks owing to the increase in COVID-19 positive patients. While the film industry managed to support the cine daily wagers by handing over about Rs. 4000 worth of groceries until Sunday, for about 50 days, they are struggling to rack up funds now.

As a result, several Tamil film producers including Bharathiraja, T Siva, Kalaipuli S Thanu, TG Thyagarajan, KE Gnanavelraja, Chithra Lakshmanan, S Kathiresan, Vishnu Vishal, YNOT S SashikanthG DhananjayanSR Prabhu, Rajasekar Pandian, JSK Sathish KumarCV KumarSuresh KamatchiManobalaSubbu Panchu, and Radha Ravi have appealed to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edapadi K Palaniswami, to pass an order allowing the resumption of post-production activities for the film industry and minimal-crew shooting for the television industry. They mentioned that the opening up of the film industry, just like the other business industries, would help the daily wagers. Prior to this, the Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI) along with the Federation of Small Screen Technicians had also penned a letter regarding the same.

Together, the associations have requested permission to resume activities like editing, dubbing, VFX (Visual Effects), CGI (Computer Generated Imagery), DI (Digital Intermediary), BGM Score (Background Music Score), Sound Effects, Foley and Mixing that involve only a small group of people working together. They have also promised to undertake all the required safety measures and sanitize the studios/sets while working.

The associations agreed that it would not be advisable to commence with film shooting since Chennai and several other cities have been marked Red because of the coronavirus. They also stated that about Rs. 500 crores of investment has been immobilised due to the lockdown which has, in turn, affected the livelihood of several producers.

The letter also mentioned that the Government of Kerala has permitted the resumption of post-productional activities with certain conditions, thereby allowing the Mollywood industry to work on their films.

Meanwhile, several fan clubs of stars like Vijay and Suriya, Rajinikanth‘s ‘Rajini Makkal Mandram’, and Kamal Haasan‘s ‘Makkal Needhi Maiam’ have been constantly helping the people in crisis by providing rice, vegetables, and essentials.