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Post-Strike Kollywood To Be Better Regulated, More Inclusive Of Small-Budget Films

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As the Kollywood strike came to an end on Tuesday, actor Vishal, president of the Tamil Film Producers’ Council, announced a set of regulations that will soon be enforced within the industry. The strike, which was in place for more than a month, ended with a meeting attended by the members of the Producers’ Council, Theatre Owners Association, and the DSPs.

Some of the important announcements made at the press meet that happened later include the computerization of ticketing across A, B and C centre theatres to uphold transparency, and the launch of an online booking facility by the TFPC, with a transaction charge of Rs 4 (against Rs 30 on other websites).

Moreover, film releases are to be registered with the Council, and will happen on a planned schedule. The theatres will carry big and small budget movies, and the first one to hit the screens after the strike would be Karthik Subbaraj’s Mercury, along with two other small-budget films. A release date would be announced for Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam 2, which was supposed to be out in May, and also for the Rajinikanth-Pa Ranjith film, Kaala.

It will be business as usual from April 27, the Friday next, with a line of movies gearing for release. Film production, on the other hand, is expected to begin tomorrow.

As for the concerns raised over star salaries, Vishal said that they will be addressed at a meeting with the Nadigar Sangam, which is set to happen on Saturday.

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