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Tributes paid to A.V. Meiyappan

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"His honesty, hard work laid foundation for Tamil film industry"



REMEMBERING A DOYEN: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi having a word with AVM Saravanan at a function to unveil the statue of AV. Meiyappan in Chennai on Sunday. Actor Kamal Haassan (left) and Parithi Ilamvazhuthi, Information and Publicity Minister, are seen. — Photo: R. Ragu

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said on Sunday that A.V. Meiyappan symbolised the virtues of honesty, hard work and perseverance that laid the foundation for the growth of the Tamil film industry.

He paid tributes to Meiyappan at a function where he unveiled the bust of the doyen of the film industry, laid the foundation stone for the new building complex of the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, and inaugurated the office of the Tamil Film Producers' Association.

Describing AVM as a perfectionist, Mr. Karunanidhi said he had showered affection on him and others too.

Though AVM was initially not satisfied with the performance of the late Sivaji Ganesan in `Parasakthi,' he commended the actor on the completion of the movie.

Referring to the bond of affection between the Dravidian movement and AVM, he said Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam activists were jubilant when they came to know that their leader C.N. Annadurai was paid Rs.10,000 for completing the script of `Oriravu' in a night.

Long association

Recalling his long association with the film world, Mr. Karunanidhi said it would continue irrespective of whether he was showered with appreciation or criticism.

The SIFCC submitted a memorandum to Mr. Karunanidhi seeking tax exemption for old movies, limitation of the number of prints to be submitted by producers for subsidy, hiking the subsidy amount from Rs.7 lakh to Rs.10 lakh, revival of the film city and action against video piracy.

Information Minister Parithi Ilamvazhuthi presided over the meeting.

MGR Kazhagam leader R.M. Veerappan and film personalities K. Balachander, Kamal Hassan, A.V.M. Saravanan, D.V.S. Raju and K.P. Kottarakkara addressed the meeting.

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