Salaries of Tamil Heroes to be cut by 50%? - Official Statement from Leading Producer
Owing to the current global pandemic situation, the entire Tamil film industry has stopped functioning and the shoots are expected to resume only when the situation is under control in Tamil Nadu. As a mark of noble gesture to help the producers during this testing time, actors like Vijay Antony, Harish Kalyan, Keerthy Suresh, Mahat Raghavendra and director Ajay Gnanamuthu have voluntarily come forward to reduce their salary by a certain percentage and it has created a good reputation among the producers and industry insiders.
Having said that, earlier this morning (July 8), a certain section of media reported that the Tamil film producers have decided to cut short the salary of all the actors by 50%, going forward and this created a huge buzz on social media. People were eager to know if leading stars like Rajinikanth, Vijay, Ajith, Vikram, Suriya, Dhanush, STR, Vijay Sethupathi, Sivakarthikeyan, Jayam Ravi, Vishal, and others would agree to this 50% salary reduction.
However, producer S.R.Prabhu of Dream Warrior Pictures and Potential Studios has clarified on the speculation, giving a better clarity on the topic. He said that he, along with a few other producers from the industry, talked about how to approach production and shooting of films post Corona. He clarified that no decisions have been made regarding the reduction of salaries and said that the decision will be made only after discussing with other associations on a mutual interest.
He tweeted, "A group of producers including me discussed online on post Covid scenario. Decided to discuss with various associations and find a mutual solution on production expenses including salaries. No decisions made other than that!"
On the production front, S.R.Prabhu is currently bankrolling Karthi’s next - Sulthan which is directed by Bakkiyaraj Kannan of Remo fame. Sulthan marks the Tamil debut of the recent sensation Rashmika Mandanna. A few more portions are left to be shot in Sulthan and that is expected to be completed after things get normal.
Prabhu is also producing the untitled Telugu/Tamil bilingual starring Sharwanand, Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal fame Ritu Varma, and Amala Akkineni in the lead roles. This film is directed by debutant Shree Karthick. S.R.Prabhu is known for backing promising quality films like Maya, Joker, Aruvi, Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, Maanagaram, Raatchasi, Kaithi, etc. For now, check out the official tweet posted by S.R.Prabhu below:
A group of producers including me discussed online on post Covid scenario. Decided to discuss with various associations and find a mutual solution on production expenses including salaries. No decisions made other than that!— S.R.Prabhu (@prabhu_sr) July 8, 2020
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