A fight broke out on Friday morning at Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce when a group of supporters of producer Ramakrishna Goud tried to barge into Chamber. Producer Ramakrishna has been sitting on an indefinite hunger strike for the past six days in front of Chamber demanding for the abolition of theatre lease system in film distribution as it’s dampening the prospects of “small-budget” films.
When no producers, chamber members take up the matter and as the health of producer Ramakrishna deteriorating, the protest of his supporters took violent turn resulting in a tussle between two groups. With no time, the information has reached to police and they rushed to spot. The protesters have been taken into police custody. In the incident, the glasses of Film Chamber were said to be damaged.
Close on the heels of ace director Dasari Narayana Rao’s statement that “Rowdyism” is leading Tollywood business, the incident once again highlighted the plight of small-budget producers. It’s time for Telangana government to sit, take a notice of it and seriously act against it.