Kollywood is a money spinner but unlike other film industries, it suffers from deep political interference.
Whether it is the DMK in power or the AIADMK, businesses allegedly backed by parties in power are known to arm-twist film producers for good deals in film distribution or TV rights.
But with the return of Amma to power in Tamil Nadu, Kollywood is heaving a sigh of relief and welcoming her return, although with a bit of unease.
While on record the film industry has nothing wrong to say about either party, off-record, they are worried that the TV channel linked to the ruling dispensation will continue forcing them into low-priced deals for TV rights of the movies.
However, they are happy that the DMK is not in power, thanks to the deep influence Udhayanidhi Stalin and Sun TV get to peddle in Tamil cinema.
“The larger feeling is one of happiness. They feel that if AIADMK is in power one family will not control the whole industry. But we are aware that this means we have to listen to the rules set by Jaya TV,” an industry insider told The News Minute.
Another problem with the DMK, an insider says, is that all producers will have to jostle for release dates and that the predatory practices of Sun TV’s film production arm will be back. “So there is a relief, yes, but they are professionals and understood the industry,” added the insider.
The producers’ council is largely happy with the results, but the theatre-owners are concerned. “We don’t have any problems with them, but for the past five years we have been demanding revision of ticket rates and change in some regulations, which we hope will be done in this term,” says a theatre-owner.