The Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA) is facing drama of the off-screen kind. The treasurer Kumar Mohan and other members are claiming that incumbent president TP Aggarwal has been misusing his position for three consecutive terms and they want him to step down. “There have been no fair elections for the last six years. There are 300 members from Mumbai in IMPPA and he (Aggarwal) is bringing in producers from Gujarat and Chennai and enrolling them in lieu of favours,” says Kumar Mohan.
Mohan makes his point saying, “Any producer who has made at least one film and has a censor certificate in his name can be an IMPPA member. Regional film producers from other states, who are members of their local associations, have been given dual membership by Aggarwal,” says Kumar.Ask him what unethical favours Aggarwal is providing, and he says, “He used to put up members in five star hotels. We have members who have the right to vote on decisions, but he brings members from outside to turn the decision in his favour.”
Aggarwal was given a jointly signed letter to stop this practice, but he has adamantly refused. This led to producers Sushma Siromani, Vinod Chhabra, Paramjeet Singh and Pawan Singh Arora filing a case against him at the Khar (W) police station and even burning an effigy, in protest, in front of the IMPPA house in Pali Hill on Monday.