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It was black day in the history of Tollywood. A section of producers and directors behaved like thugs and exchanged blows. We cannot rule out heated...

It was black day in the history of Tollywood. A section of producers and directors behaved like thugs and exchanged blows. We cannot rule out heated discussions in the upcoming executive committee meeting on December 28 because the office bearers have a lot to answer -Producer C N Rao

* Critics point out that filmmakers preach sermons to audience, but seldom practise them
* A top producer was reportedly kicked and slapped following heated arguments between two warring groups during the general body meeting of the Telugu Film Producers council
* There is a chill in the air as the executive committee of the council is to meet today

Hyderabad: Leading T-town producers and directors preach a number of sermons in their movies, but many of them seldom practise them. That some few filmmakers behaved like thugs at the last general body meeting held two weeks ago has clearly demonstrated the dichotomy in their approach to matters of morality. The meeting ended in exchanging blows.

“It was black day in the history of Tollywood. A section of producers and directors behaved liked thugs and exchanged blows. We cannot rule out heated discussions in the upcoming executive committee meeting on December 28 because the office bearers have lot to answer,” said producer C N Rao, who is going to implead in a court case between two office bearers. A case will be filed in a court, seeking direction to the Telugu Film Producers Council to hold elections.

“It’s true that I am moving court because the present body is running the show on the pretext of court case and not holding elections which should have been held two years ago. The incumbent body has indulged in corruption, so we want them to step down,” he added.

Meanwhile, director Teja a name to reckon with in T-town, denied that he had hit a producer during the general body meeting. “I didn’t hit anybody so I condemn it but I do agree there were heated arguments between members. That’s all,” the director admitted. He blamed the two warring groups in the industry for the mayhem. “The council is split into two groups and their ego clashes have left producers in lurch and a few non-filmmakers are making a mess of the institution which is meant to protect the interests of hundreds of active producers,” he added.

When contacted, Prassasnna Kumar, general secretary, Telugu Film Producers Council admitted that the general body meeting damaged the credibility of top filmmakers. “The meeting has sullied our image and it is shameful for big producers to indulge in arguments instead of clearing doubts of members” he pointed out. “We hope executive committee meeting will be conducted in a dignified manner and doubts of the members will be cleared,” he said.

BVS Prakash
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