Director Sasikumar’s close relative Ashok Kumar commit​t​ed suicide after being harassed by money lenders. The death has caused shock waves around the industry which has been facing various issues like Piracy, increased ticket prices and taxes, GST and labour issues

Nadigar Sangam secretary and president of the Tamilnadu Producer’s council Vishal has strongly condemned those who threaten producers for money by charging exorbitant interest rates

He posted the following message on Facebook

Devastated to hear the sad demise of a Dear Friend, Ashok Kumar who sacrificed his life succumbing to the pressure created by Financiers….

I truly wish that this will be the last Sacrifice in the name of Financial burden….

Suicide is not a solution & I hereby request Producers to reach out to us if they face such threats from Financiers, we will be more than happy to help them out.

It’s time, we put an end to such Financiers who harass producers & conduct kattapanjayathu. We wish all Producers stay united and work towards the welfare of each one of us.

I request the Police to take stringent action and bring justice to the innocent’s death & also consider this as a Murder & not Suicide….

This is a direct warning to all Financiers, likeminded people & so called federations who extort money, more than the stipulated interest & to the People who harass honest Producers & family members.

It is high time, all you people who have been conducting Kangaroo Courts time and again to stop harassing Producers, it’s time for U all to Run, since this death will be the last death and it will be an example to bring out all atrocities that’s been happening in the Tamil film Industry.

We as Producers will stand united and put an end to this come what may….

Vishal, (Another Affected Producer),
President, Tamil Film Producer Council.