The South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce has decided not to allow the start of any new movie from Wednesday onwards. This was announced at a hurriedly convened press meet in Chennai on Monday evening.
Speaking to reporters, Kalyan, President of South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, said, 'It has been unanimously decided that from September 7 onwards, no new films will be commenced in all four southern languages.'
This tough decision follows after negotiations broke down with the Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI) who were demanding 50 to 100 per cent hike in their salaries, which the producers claim is economically unviable.
Tollywood had been hit badly in the last one year as film workers were on strike for over 45 days in two schedules. Their demand then too was an increase in wages. After a prolonged strike, film makers in the State, who feared that a delay in production would lead to budget shortfall, hiked the salaries of some of the workers by 30 per cent.
This time, a strike has been called by the producers. Buzz is that the members of the Film Chamber may call on Tamilnadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy soon.