Meher Khanna - Televisionpoint.com With the ruling AIADMK having the Jaya TV to project its image and the opposition DMK benefiting from the hugely successful Sun TV, another prominent political party in Tamil Nadu is all set to launch its own TV channel well in time for the state elections due early next year.
Announcing the decision to start a TV channel, PMK founder DR S. Ramadoss told a meeting of the graduates and students of the Tamil Nadu Film Institute here that the PMK channel would be "entirely different from the present channels that completely depend on the cinema for their content." His channel would focus on people's issues and encourage young film makers to feature their documentaries and movies.
"Our channel will be a stepping stone for using your creative talents and grow in the cinema industry to attain international acclaim," DR Ramadoss told the film graduates, who have formed themselves into an association or sorts called, 'Tamizhthiraikalai Sirpigal' (Sculptors of Tamil cinema).
"We will help you make your documentaries and films. But we do not have money, as ours is a party of poor people. But I will ask some people, who are confused how to spend their money to help you in your film projects. We are starting a TV channel and you can use it to show your talents," declared the PMK chief, who has been campaigning against vulgarity and violence in Tamil cinema.
Maintaining that he was not against cinema, DR Ramadoss said what caused him concern was the habit of film makers using prolonged footage of gory crime, rape scenes and drinking sessions. A rape scene was stretched to ten whole minutes while it could be compressed into a ten-second shot. A gang of goons were shown chasing a woman with logs across ten streets. "Such scenes polluted the minds of our youth and went against our Tamil culture. You must desist from making such films and in turn, we will help you," DR Ramadoss said.
In his campaign against "bad" cinema, the PMK chief had even taken on superstar Rajnikant, accusing him of polluting the minds of Tamil youth by glamourising smoking and drinking in his movies. He also crossed swords with another macho hero Vijayakant and scoffed at the ambition of celluloid stars seeking political power peddling pulp fiction to gullible masses.
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