Several Tamil establishments and theatres screening Tamil movies in the neighbouring State were attacked yesterday by angry mobs, which are against the implementation of the Hogenakkal Joint Drinking Water Scheme. Following the attack on nine cinema theaters showing Tamil films in Karnataka yesterday, an emergency meeting with representatives of various film associations, including the Chamber, Tamil Film Producers Council and Film Employees Federation of South India was convened. Various decisions were taken in this meeting.
The Karnataka division of the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce will be suspended from the Chamber till the problems related to screening of Tamil films and attack on the cinema halls in Karnataka is resolved. The Karnataka division has nearly 130 members. Sarath Kumar said the Tamil film industry and Tamils in Karnataka were the worst affected owing to problems pertaining to both the States. It has been decided to observe a day-long fast on Friday to condemn the attack on theatres screening Tamil films in Karnataka over the Hogenakkal project.
The following resolutions were passed during this meeting
· Various film associations would take part in the fast. Work pertaining to the industry, including shooting in other locations, would be suspended on that day.
· All technicians and artists of Tamil industry who are of Karnataka origin must also participate in the protest, failure of which would lead to non-cooperation from the industry here.
· Those involved in shooting in other places and abroad must cancel their schedule to take part in the protest.
Actors Sathyaraj, Radha Ravi and Vijayakumar and Tamil Film Producers Council president Rama Narayanan were among the participants.