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Tamil film industry calls off strike, gets slammed by CSK fans for hypocrisy

India Today logo India Today 19-04-2018 Shalini Lobo

The Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council (TFPC) was overjoyed on April 18 to announce that they had finally called their strike off and that new films would hit the screens from April 20.

But this announcement didn't go down well with many Chennai Super Kings fans, who made their displeasure evident on Twitter.

In a tweet, actor Vishal, who is also the President of the TFPC stated on April 17, "Yes da revamps over.. v r gud 2 go 4 theatrical releases n shoot starts soon 1. Ecinema rates reduced to 50%. D cinema on da way. computerised tcktn fm June. Tn cinema 2 b 100% tcktn 2 b subsidied.fleibility of txtng wil benefit small movies. (sic)"

However, many CSK fans responded to his tweet with much disappointment, pulling down the actor for the hypocrisy of the film fraternity.

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© India Today The film fraternity, both actors and filmmakers, took part in the protests over the formation of Cauvery Water Management Board.

While the Nadigar Sangam held a silent protest on the issue, film directors led by Bharatiyaraja, Sathyaraj, Vetrimaaran and Ram took out protests demanding people to boycott the Indian Premier League 2018 in the state, claiming that the sport would distract the youth from the real issue, i.e., the Cauvery protests.

As a result of the massive protests that took place outside Chennai's Chepauk stadium on April 10, the IPL organisers and BCCI (Board of Cricket Control in India) decided that all matches that were to take place in Chennai, would be relocated to Pune.

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Fans claim that the same film fraternity who ousted the IPL from Chennai cannot now resume work in the entertainment industry, which will ultimately distract people from the real issue - Cauvery.

Speaking exclusively to India Today Television, actor Vishal said, "I would like to ask the central government, who is watching this, to resolve the Cauvery issue. A time frame was given and it should be issued in the interest of the farmers. Prominent filmmakers did protest the IPL. We are abiding by the rules of the government. As I speak, the central government is watching and they should take a call in the interest of the people."

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