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Prithviraj defies AMMA, to act in film

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KOCHI, APRIL 29. Putting the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) in an embarrassing position in its fight against the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce, the young actor Prithviraj has said that he will act in Vinayan's new film.

Talking to presspersons along with Mr. Vinayan here today, Mr. Prithviraj said he did not want to disobey AMMA, but as an emerging actor he could not let his career suffer any longer. The artiste said he had been waiting for two months in the hope that the issue would be settled soon, as the AMMA leaders had promised.

Mr. Prithviraj said he could find nothing harmful to the interests of the artistes in any of the 21 conditions to be agreed upon by the artistes and producers before starting the work on any film, as stipulated by the Film Chamber. The first draft of the agreement, which was discussed at a general body meeting of AMMA in Kochi recently, was found to contain some objectionable clauses. But those clauses were modified later after the intervention of a group of directors.

He said AMMA's major disagreement was on the powers of arbitration vested with the Film Chamber and the restrictions imposed on participating in stage-shows. The arbitration powers of the Film Chamber might have caused concern to the AMMA leaders given that the Chamber has no representatives of the artistes in it. But in case the power of arbitration was taken away from the Chamber, the only other solution might be approaching a court of law, which was impractical in the case of the film industry, where any unnecessary delay in the production work would result in loss of crores of rupees, he said.

Mr. Prithviraj said he was not unduly troubled by the conditions since he was sure of maintaining good terms with the producers. He added that he was personally not interested in stage-shows since he was not comfortable on stage.

He said that though he had contacted the AMMA leaders before they left for the Dubai starnite programme on April 26, he had got no concrete reply except a request to wait a little longer. AMMA had circulated a formal letter to all its members promising that the issue would be resolved `as soon as possible' and that `discussions were being held.'

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