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Shooting of Thalapathy 62, amid ongoing strike, draws ire

SR Prabhu, on behalf of TFPC, clarified that special permission was given to Vijay’s films as a majority of its crew members were from Andhra Pradesh and they have been staying in Chennai for a long time.

regional movies Updated: Mar 21, 2018 10:20 IST
Karthik Kumar
Karthik Kumar
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Thalapathy 62,Vijay,AR Murugadoss
Vijay is working with AR Murugadoss in an untitled film, popularly dubbed as Thalapathy 62.

The makers of Thalapathy 62, starring Vijay and being directed by AR Murugadoss, came under the scanner after it was found out on Tuesday that the team was shooting in Chennai despite the total shutdown announced by the Tamil Film Producers Council in protest against digital service providers. Being bankrolled by Sun Pictures, the shoot of Thalapathy 62 was going on as planned in Victoria House.

SR Prabhu, on behalf of TFPC, clarified that special permission was given to Vijay’s films as a majority of its crew members were from Andhra Pradesh and they have been staying in Chennai for a long time. Since only a couple of days were left to wrap up the current schedule, special permission was given to the team along with three other films. Prabhu also said that intention of strike was not to hurt producers. However, TFPC’s decision to give special permission to few films and actors didn’t go down well with other stakeholders of the industry and claimed that the council was giving preferential treatment to certain actors and producers.

Producer J Sathish Kumar pointed out via his Twitter page: “When lakhs of people land up without a job, it’s not fair letting a few people work. Biggies like actor Vijay shouldn’t encourage this; instead, he should put this effort to solve our needs.” On Tuesday, when superstar Rajinikanth was asked about the ongoing strike he stated that he’s never been in favour of stoppage of work and requested the parties involved to find an amicable solution soon.

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First Published: Mar 21, 2018 10:08 IST