At Least 20 Films Halted Due To Strike In Kollywood

Demand for raise in salaries halts the Kollywood industry affecting around 20 films, including the one that stars the super star Rajnikanth.

Chennai: Kollywood industry came to a standstill as the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) went on strike demanding hike in their salaries.

As the old salary agreement expired on July 31, there is a demand that came to the foreground for a new agreement.

As a result, the shooting of around 20 films was halted. About 25,000 workers belonging to 24 unions have participated in the strike.

Super Star Rajinikanth’s film ‘Kaala’ was one of the 20 films that were halted. Differences between the producers union and employees unions have deepened contributing to the strike. RK Suresh, who was the producer and actor, was demanded hike in salaries during ‘Billa Pandi’ movie. A serious war of words ensued between Suresh and FEFSI members, leading to the decision of going on strike.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council (TFPC) President Vishal intervened and suggested the producers to continue shooting by employing people who were not members of FEFSI.  FEFSI President RK Selvamani expressed anger over his advice and said that it would only harm the employees.

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