Actor, General Secretary of Nadigar Sangam, and the President of the Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC), Vishal Krishna has called off the proposed film industry strike. Late Sunday evening, TFPC held a press conference to announce the same.
Present at the press conference along with other TFPC members including Prakash Raj, Mansoor Ali Khan, Gautham Menon and others, Vishal said that the strike was not against the government or anyone. Also, he said that it would only make a difference if everybody from the film industry came out in support of the strike.
“This shutdown…we are not going to go ahead with it. We’ll have several meetings on this. Many are unhappy with the strike, members from the theatre associations were not willing to participate or were unhappy with it; hence we’ve called it off,” he said.
“We have also decided to hold meetings and try to do something similar to what the Kerala Film Association does,” he added.
Towards the end of April, Vishal had announced that Kollywood would go on strike if the Central and State governments do no take necessary actions to wipe out piracy.
“I have asked them (State and Central govts.) to put in measures to eradicate piracy. We’ve submitted a petition for the same. If a system is not implemented, we will go on strike from May 30,” he said at the press meet held last month.
The petition, also aimed at ticket prices, is a cause that Vishal has been vociferously campaigning for even before he became the president of the TFPC.