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TSFCC struggles for existence

TSFCC struggles for existence
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For a film chamber that is nearing its golden jubilee, one would expect it to reign supreme and basking in glory. Sadly, that isn’t the case with the Hyderabad State Film Chamber of Commerce (HSFCC), which came into being in 1941, thanks to the efforts of ‘Talkie Puli’ HM Reddy, who wanted an identity for then Hyderabad state.

Bats for a new identity in Telangana state

For a film chamber that is nearing its golden jubilee, one would expect it to reign supreme and basking in glory. Sadly, that isn’t the case with the Hyderabad State Film Chamber of Commerce (HSFCC), which came into being in 1941, thanks to the efforts of ‘Talkie Puli’ HM Reddy, who wanted an identity for then Hyderabad state.

Now rechristened as Telangana State Film Chamber of Commerce (TSFCC), the chamber enjoyed 15 glorious years until Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce (APFCC) and fell into obscurity later. The members of the TSFCC, say that with the Telugu cinema industry gaining steam in the Telangana region, it faced negligence and hasn’t been in the news a lot.

Members of TSFCC releasing diary

Addressing the newsmen on Tuesday, Vijandar Reddy, president TSFCC said, “There was a constant neglection towards us. There was an instance when we were asked to merge with the APFCC but we argued that the case should be reverse as we formed first.”

Echoing the views Prof M Kodandaram said, “Now that the dream of the new state has been realised, we will ensure that justice is done to the artistes from here. There are a few necessary actions the government has to take to ensure that happens.” He highlighted the need for a film institute to ensure that talent is nurtured from the region. Also, he said the “need of the hour is to give chances to people from here.”

“Czech cinema is an example of how an industry can grow. They slowly bloomed into a successful industry and I think that’s possible for the Telangana film industry too,” he added. Murali Mohan, secretary TSFCC said, “There are very few technicians and actors from the Telangana region who have made a mark, while the rest were ostracised by the industry. B Narsing Rao who has won international recognition for his films has received no national recognition.

Same is the case with Shyam Benegal. If the government of Andhra Pradesh had made recommendations, things would have been different. So right now our main demand is that these cinematic legends be honoured.” The members also demanded for the need for a revised tax system that would help small films run profitably and the need to take government aid in developing cinematic infrastructure in the state.

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