August 2, 2017
Chennai: Superstar Rajinikanth has urged Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) and the Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC ) to end the strike and engage in dialogue. He said that `strike’ was a word he hated and the two organisations should hold talks and arrive at an amicable solution.
Rajinikanth’s appeal comes in the wake of an indefinite strike from Tuesday by FEFSI over wage row. The issue should be sorted out through discussions, Rajini said.
The Tamil film industry is facing a new crisis after the shooting of more than 30 films, including Rajinkanth starrer `Kala’` was cancelled, following a State-wide strike called by FEFSI.
FEFSI alleged that that the producers’ body had refused to distribute wages as per the agreement signed recently and said only its members should be employed for film shoots.
FEFSI president RK Selvamani said he would seek the intervention of the State Government to put an end to the wage issue.
Though tight security was provided at several studios, shooting of 37 films, including Vijay’s ‘Mersa’, was cancelled.