Tamil film industry to strike from March 1?

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Another strike, the third time in a span of a year, is on the cards in Tamil film industry, as captains of Kollywood have reportedly decided to stop work from March 1, extending support to Telugu cinema’s fight against digital distribution companies.

Alleging that ‘exorbitant fee’ is being charged by such companies, Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce had been contemplating a shutdown for a while.

It is learnt that it sought the support of Tamil cinema and other industries too. “A meeting headed by Tamil Film Producers Council president Vishal recently decided to offer support by striking work from March 1. There will be no shootings and releases,” sources said.

Back in 2005, when cinema owners were still sceptical about installing digital projectors, companies such as Qube Cinema Technologies installed equipment in cinemas across the country to facilitate digital distribution. In return, they charge a fee for distribution and claim a slice of the advertising revenue of the cinemas.

Now this has become the reason of problem in the industry. Hope an amicable solution is arrived at soon.

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