South Indian film industry on indefinite strike


Behind closed doors, there are many tribulations that filmmakers have to go through for a smooth sail at the box office. South Indian cinema is going through an predicament of its own, where all four industries are now on strike, as digital service providers are charging them an arm and a leg.

As according to Bollywood Life, the Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council and Telugu film Chamber of Commerce were already scheduled to go on an indefinite strike from 1st March, and have been joined by the Malayalam and Kannada film industries as well. There have been negotiations that have taken place between the representatives from these industries, and digital service providers, but there has been no result in sight. The Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council have said that the strike is indefinite, and no films will release during the strike.

Bollywood Life also reports that the issue South cinema’s representatives are fighting, is the fee that digital providers charge for virtual prints. Per screen, it is about Rs 22,000 for South films, and Rs 10,000 for Hollywood films, along with double taxation, as there is an ‘Goods and Service Tax’, and entertainment tax as well.

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