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‘The Current Situation Will Not Permit Us To Grant Shooting Permission’: Kadambur Raju

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On Monday, Information and Publicity Minister Of Tamil Nadu Kadambur C Raju told press and media at Pandavarmangalam, Kovilpatti that they do not plan on providing permission for film shooting given the current COVID19 situation in Tamil Nadu. The minister had met press and media after the inauguration of a ration shop at Kovilpatti.

He added that film shooting called for a huge crew size that would prove detrimental to the situation and might also attract passersby exacerbating the situation. “It also requires a large number of permissions which would not be possible right now,” he said.

He said small-screen productions could be shot indoor owing to a smaller crew but films require to be shot outside four walls and will not be possible in the current situation.

He also added that Tamil Nadu will follow the rules laid down by the Central government in terms of shooting.

Recently, a group of producers including Bharathiraja, SA Chandrasekhar, K Rajan, Thyagarajan, Suresh Kamatchi, and Lalit Kumar met the minister to grant permission for film shooting and to reopen theaters. They also requested the removal of the 8% local entertainment tax and a reduction in ticket prices.

To this, Kadambur Raju had said that he would take a decision after discussing with Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edapadi K Palaniswami.

A few weeks ago, the minister had also told the press and media at Kovilpatti that the opening of theatres would not be feasible for the owners given the norms laid down by the central government. He said that in countries where theatres have opened, only two members have been allowed to sit in a row, and following the same would result in heavy losses here.

It is also noteworthy that the minister had made a statement recently that releasing films on OTT platforms is not proving favourable to the government and will result in losses. He added that it was not a healthy decision and that it was okay if it was a temporary decision to cope with the situation.

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