Chennai, May 14 : Indian cinema is celebrating its centenary all over the country, but in south cinema, which has contributed immensely to both cinema and Indian politics, there is a sense of discrimination pervading.
At least the president of South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce (SIFCC) C Kalyan has come up with a charge to this effect. Recording his protest in the journal of SIFCC, he alleged that it was not invited for the centenary celebration of Indian cinema. "SIFCC, the apex body of the South Indian film industry was totally ignored by the central government directorate of film festival," he has alleged, adding "even an invitation was not sent to us."
He also charged that at the celebration in New Delhi, only nine film from the South were screened, out of the 40 shown, and pointed out that 65 per cent of the films produced in Indian cinema are from the south. "South Indian films are of world standard and they are famous for their story and technical advancement," he claimed.
He also alleged that there was no "significant space" in the other segment of the programmes to celebrate the occasion, for south Indian films. Veterans of Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada film industry were kept aside. Well known production houses, studios, laboratories and theatres were not given importance in the celebrations, he also lamented.
"The organisers purposely meted out a step motherly treatment to south Indian film industry," he charged. He said as a contary to this, the SIFCC will have to show that the celebrations planned to mark the occasion, to be got up by it, "is the real celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema".