The global coronavirus pandemic has led to the shutting down of several industries, causing a major dent in economies across countries, leaving vast sections in hardship. While most industries are gradually trying to get back on their toes despite the lockdown, the cinema industry is struggling to recoup with little cash flow.
On Thursday evening, director Hari put out a statement announcing that he will be reducing his salary by 25% for his next film Aruvaa starring Suriya in the lead. The director added that the business of cinema would return to normalcy only if the producers of the industry are in good shape.
— #ARUVAA (@AruvaaMovie) May 7, 2020
Prior to this, actor-producer-composer Vijay Antony had also announced that he would be reducing 25% of his salary for three of his upcoming films, Tamizharasan, Agni Siragugal, and Khaki, to help the various producers involved. The actor has foregone almost Rs. 1 crore in total for all three films.
— RIAZ K AHMED (@RIAZtheboss) May 5, 2020
Harish Kalyan too thought taking a pay cut was an inspired solution.
Hats off to @vijayantony sir for reducing 25% of his salary considering the difficulties faced by our tamil film producers. Huge thing to do. Will follow pursuit.
— Harish kalyan (@iamharishkalyan) May 7, 2020
Bankrolled by KE Gnanavelraja‘s Studio Green Entertainment, Aruvaa was supposed to commence shoot in April. It has now been postponed due to the lockdown. The movie was also supposed to release in theatres for Diwali, 2020. This 16th film of Hari marks the sixth association of the director with Suriya.
Recently, it was confirmed that Adanga Maru actress Raashi Khanna would be pairing up with the actor for the film. This 39th film of Suriya will see composer Imman working with the actor-director duo for the first time. The rest of the cast and crew’s details have been kept under wraps.