Celebrated music director AR Rahman, has stepped forward to support struggling film workers in the Tamil film industry, particularly lightmen. He plans to conduct a grand music concert in Chennai next month to raise funds for the cause. The announcement was made by RK Selvamani, president of FEFSI (Film Employees Federation of South India).
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Selvamani shared in a press release that many initiatives aimed at helping film workers have failed to reach them, leaving them to struggle on their own. He applauded Rahman for taking the initiative to help ailing film workers, stating that Rahman will create a corpus fund to aid lightmen who are an integral part of the film industry and often bear the brunt of accidents on film sets. The funds generated from the concert will be used to support the families of lightmen who die in accidents on film sets.
AR Rahman's noble initiative to create a corpus fund for lightmen, who are vital to the film industry, has been praised by Selvamani. The funds will be used to aid injured lightmen in the event of accidents, and the proceeds from the grand music concert, to be held on March 19 at Nehru Stadium in Chennai, will help support the families of those who lost their lives on film sets. FEFSI expressed their gratitude to Rahman for this initiative. Selvamani further urged other star artistes and technicians to follow Rahman's example and support their industry colleagues. He called upon everyone in the industry to donate just 1% of their salary to help film workers. If all those in the industry contribute, every worker can be taken care of. Additionally, Selvamani appealed to the Tamil Nadu government to charge Rs 1 from every movie ticket sold and create a corpus fund that can provide pensions to film workers above 60 years of age. The statement concluded by thanking Rahman and hoping that his noble initiative would encourage others in the industry to step forward and support film workers in need.