The Tamil Nadu Film Producers’ Council elections were held on Sunday and the results have finally been announced. Actor Vishal has been declared the winner for the President’s post, and his team members also scored a victory in other posts. Vishal won by a margin of 144 votes with a total 478 votes.
Speaking to the press later, Vishal said that voters will not be disappointed with him, and that he will bring along a new era in TN film industry.
The Producers’ Council polls were held on April 2, 2017, after a legal battle, prolonged war of words and amidst high drama. The election was held at the Kandasamy Naidu College at Anna Nagar in Chennai with the former High Court Judge Rajeshwaran appointed as the Election Officer.
The polling began at 8 am and went on till 4 pm. Immediately after, the counting session began at 5 pm and was concluded within a couple of hours.
Several leading producers and directors contested for various posts of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Officer Bearers. The members in fray for the President post were Vishal, T. Siva, R. Radhakrishnan, Kalaipuli G. Sekaran and Kothanda Ramaiah. Gautham Vasudev Menon, K.E. Gnanavel Raja, A.L. Azhagappan, A.M. Rathnam, Prakashraj, Mysskin and S.A. Chandrasekaran contested for other posts.
Check out the list of winners here:
Vice Presidents: Prakash Raj, Gautham Menon
General Secretary: Gnanavel Raja
Vishal, who is also the General Secretary of the Tamil Film Artistes Association, had announced in March 2017 that he will be in the race contesting for the President’s post at the Tamil Nadu Film Producers’ Council.
The star then made a remark about the way the Producers’ Council was functioning due to which he invoked its wrath and finally had to fight his debarment in the court. With the High Court ruling that his debarment from the Producers’ Council needs to be revoked, Vishal decided to contest in the upcoming election.
When asked about his intention, Vishal had said that he once saw his father, GK Reddy, an ace producer, begging to have his film, I Love India, get released. He said that producers are in such a bad state that the entire Producers’ Council needs a revamp and he would do it. The star had also promised a piece of land for financially weak producers.