Chinmayi Sripaada, who recently made sexual charges against industry veterans under the #MeToo movement, has been expelled from the dubbing artistes union. Interestingly, the association is headed by Radha Ravi, who was named in #MeToo.
In a series of tweets, Chinmayi said, “Sooo given to understand that I have been terminated from the dubbing union. Which means I can longer dub in Tamil films henceforth. The reason stated is that I haven’t paid ‘subscription fees’ for 2 years though this hasn’t stopped them from taking 10% off my dubbing income.”
She said further: “According to Tamil Film Industry rules if you’re not a member of the dubbing union they wont allow you to work. Considering no written communication, message was sent to me on past dues and with the membership terminated I wonder if I ll dub for a film again in Tamil.”
“I expected the first axe to go down from the dubbing union. I dont know yet if I’ll be given my membership back. Just a decision that’s been taken without informing me that my membership is terminated. I am still on the much publicised concert tour in the US,” she added.
“Anyway as of now it looks like ‘96 will be my last in Tamil. It is a good film to end my Tamil dubbing scene with if the termination were to continue. Bye Bye!” Chinmayi said.
However, the union has said she has been axed since she had made accusations against the association and had not responded to show-cause letter. Reacting to this, she said, “1. No letter has been sent to me. 2. It IS True that there are 15 ish cases about the Dubbing Union. Their rule – they ask me for an explanation in writing. I have to respond. I am in the US and havent received any letter”.