TFPC has issued a press statement regarding the demands that are being put forward under the indefinite strike starting from 16 March in Tamil film industry. Strike has been long overdue as the people did not want to cause harm to films in production or releases but at some point they decided that it is the only way to get the work done. Tamil is one of the biggest film industries in the world and ventures crores of rupees everyday from the theaters but it will all be shut and losses will be bared by industry workers.
Crew of the films is usually on the per day money basis and each day they are not working the money is not coming in the pockets. Shootings of massive films like Thala Ajith starrer ‘Viswasam’ has been put on hold because no work of any kind will be done as far as Tamil cinema is concerned. Post productions and events are also boycotted as a part of the strike and hence Thalapathy Vijay starrer ‘Thalapathy 62’ is also delayed despite of having a Diwali 2018 release schedule to be followed by cast and crew.
Demands suggests that theater owners will have to reduce he per person ticket price as a common man is not able to afford it anymore. There are many applications available for cinema ticket booking and they charge certain fee from every ticket before getting into the hands of owner and strike has it as a clause that online companies need to reduce the additional fee per ticket. Press release has many other demands such as computerized ticketing which needs to be followed by the governing bodies if they want the strike to be called off. Usually higher ticket rates insure that producer gets more money and the production value of the film can be bigger but Tamilians does not seem to be thinking like that.