A section of Tamil film producers led by National Award winning director and producer Cheran conducted a sit-In protest inside the Producers' Council office premises, demanding that TFPC President Vishal step down following his decision to contest in the upcoming RK Nagar by-election.
Earlier on Monday, Vishal filed his nomination as an independent candidate for the RK Nagar by-election. The actor-producer is the general secretary of the Nadigar Sangam and also the president of Tamil Film Producers' Council.
In a press meet held in chennai, several producers including Cheran demanded Vishal's resignation as he is contesting in the election.
Speaking to the media, Cheran said, "Nadigar Sangam doesn't need any support but producers always need the support of the ruling party. Vishal's decision of entering politics will affect the Producer Council's relationship with the ruling party. Several pending perks and benefits which the government will be supporting will be affected."
He also added, "Vishal after assuming office has not done anything for the betterment of the TFPC."
Earlier this year, Vishal who produces films under the banner of his 'Vishal Film Factory' won the Producers' Council election by a margin of 154 votes, beating veterans Kothanda Ramaiah (KR Infotainment) and R Radhakrishanan (Maruthi Films). It was a closely fought contest.
Cheran has ctiticised Vishal heavily previously as well. At the time of the Producers' Council relection, Cheran had said Vishal was "selfish, power hungry and insensitive". The director had also accused the actor of having a "saviour complex".