FEFSI seeks TN government's permission to begin post production of films and TV soaps
On March 16, FEFSI (Film Employees Federation of South India) made an announcement that the film industry will shut down indefinitely as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Consequently, the industry is suffering is a huge loss and hundreds of workers have lost their livelihood.
Now, RK Selvamani, the president of FEFSI association, has sought Tamil Nadu government's permission to resume the production of films and TV soaps after many other industries in the state were allowed to operate with certain regulations.
In a letter to Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy, RK Selvamani wrote, "Due to lockdown, many workers in the film industry have lost their livelihood. However, with the help of donations and funds, the association managed to help them to survive in these times of despair. But if this situation continues to prevail, the workers might die of hunger."
He added, "I request the Tamil Nadu government to grant permission for us to resume post-production works such as dubbing, re-recording and editing for films and TV soaps, which might eventually provide jobs to 40 percent of the workers."
The association also assured that the film industry would take necessary precautions and follow social-distancing as per government instructions in order to contain further spread of the virus.
It is also worth mentioning that, many celebrities from the industry including Rajinikanth, Vijay, Ajith, Sivakarthikeyan and Raghava Lawrence had earlier donated huge amounts to help the workers.