Chennai, 21 Sept: In a stinging criticism, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today hit out at arch rival M Karunanidhi and his family for their alleged ‘stranglehold’ over the Tamil film industry during the DMK regime and for ‘not allowing’ others to grow.
Inaugurating celebrations of 100 years of Indian cinema at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor stadium here, jointly organised by the state government and South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, which got off to a glittering start, Miss Jayalalithaa, without naming the DMK or its chief Karunanidhi, said everybody knew the plight of the industry before she assumed power.
“On top of it all, after I took over, the film industry is functioning independently for the past two years,” she said after listing out the many pro-reel world measures. These included several concessions like encouraging small producers by increasing subsidy,sanctioning Rs 50 lakh for the Chennai international film festival, more beneficiaries in the welfare board for film industry workers,besides bringing video piracy under the stringent Goonda Act to check the menace. pti