Vishal lashes out at financiers for threatening producers

Andrew Cummings
November 23, 2017

In his suicide note he accused the financier based in Madurai of charging exorbitant interest. What Ashok Annan faced is exactly what Ajith Kumar had also gone through during the initial stages of Naan Kadavul (Ajith was initially supposed to play the lead in Bala's Naan Kadavul)**.

The suicide note also stated how for the last six months, Ashok Kumar was harassed and threatened by the financier, who claimed to have political clout and had influence in the police and film circuit. Anbuchezhiyan had threatened to kidnap the women in his family, the producer alleged. Ashok Kumar has co-produced films of Sasikumar, a relative of his, including Eesan, Poraali and Kodi Veeran, which remains to be released. As per the police official, a case under Section 306 of the IPC has been registered against the financier. I want this man to be punished.

To this, the director posted a reply on Twitter and said, "Not just Anbu Chezhiyan, I haven't borrowed a single rupee from anyone".

Today Sridevi Sreedhar, movie-Geek, tweets and said, "In his suicide note, #ASHOKKUMAR has blamed film financier Madurai #Anbuchezhian for his decision to take his life". "He was under extreme financial pressure". "I admit that most of the producers borrow money, but, we repay it".

"Directors Gautham Menon, Lingusamy and almost 75% of the producers were affected by Anbuchezhiyan, who also instructs and pressurises Imman regarding films, the composer should agree", Suseenthiran said. "Was the letter actually written by Ashok Kumar?" asked a press note signed by Gopuram Films Manager Murali.

In the wake of G Venkateswaran's death, Tamil Nadu had passed the Prohibition of Exorbitant Interest Act, 2003, capping the amount of interest that can be charged on unsecured loans at 12%.

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