Telugu film shooting continued to be suspended for the fourth day on Thursday, even as lead producer Dil Raju made it clear that they have no intention of stopping shooting for months.
After a meeting of the Telugu Film Chambers, Dail Raju said he has no personal agenda and that he only works for the good of the industry.
Dil Raju, who heads a committee of producers formed by Film Chamber, said he had no intention of holding off on filming for months.
The producer said the Movie Room has set up four committees to address Tollywood’s concerns. The committees work on matters related to OTT, VPF charges, yield percentage, artist wages and production costs.
“All the producers have placed a responsibility on my shoulders. I don’t have a personal agenda. I work in the interest of the cinema,” he said.
Another leading producer, C. Kalyan, said filming was being halted indefinitely to resolve the issues. He denied that there were any differences between producers. Kalyan said that both the Producers’ Council and the Active Telugu Film Producers’ Guild (ATPG) were working towards the same goal.
ATPG was the first to announce that it would stop filming. The Film Chamber of Commerce supported its decision on Sunday.
The Movie Room said they will sit down and discuss the issues and that shooting will not resume until they find a solution.
The top body was of the opinion that the Telugu film industry is going through a situation where producers, distributors, exhibitors and everyone else are not happy.
It is currently discussing various issues they face in order to decide on measures to be taken to get the film industry back on track. All 24 trades of the film industry will be involved in the consultation.
Producers are concerned about things like a decline in patronage in cinemas, movie ticket prices, new releases on OTT and rising production costs.
The action of the producer bodies has brought the production of many films to a standstill. These include Allu Arjun’s “Pushpa 2”, Balakrishna-Gopichand Malineni’s yet-to-be-titled film, Ravi Teja’s “Tiger Nageshwara Rao” and “Ravanasura”, Vijay Deverakonda’s “Khushi” and Nagarjuna’s “The Ghost”.