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Producer Michael Rayappan’s statement against TR’s allegation.

Chennai 13 January 2021

Producer Michael Rayappan addressed the press and media this evening in response to actor-producer TR’s allegation claiming that he is creating unwanted chaos to stop the release of his son Silambarasan TR’s Eeswaran hitting screens on January 14, 2021. “Being a producer, I greatly value and understand the commitments and pressures that every producer goes through while making a film,” says Producer Michael Rayappan, who continues to add, “As everyone knows, I had made a film titled Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan with Silambarasan in the lead role. With the actor being non-cooperative during the project, the film was released with the available footage. It was done purely out of the trust as Silambarasan assured me that he would work with me on another project to compensate for the loss. The film was released and incurred heavy loss to everyone involved in the film’s trade. I approached Tamil Film Producer Council during that time, which was headed by actor-producer Vishal. The council deeply investigated the issues on both sides. Usha Rajendran, mother of Silambarasan signed an agreement to repay the loss of Rs. 7.2Cr in three-film installment, where a part of the actor’s remuneration Rs 2.4Cr will be paid back with three films releasing after Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan. However, the actor’s side had requested that the other projects committed during that time were signed on different terms, so he would pay back the loss starting with the next film, which is ‘Eeswaran’. Ten days ago, I had requested both TFPC and Federation to look into the issue, and they intimated T Rajendran regarding this issue as a reminder. However, I am completely shocked to hear him make a statement against me that I am using political influence to stop the release of Eeswaran. It has been very clear from the beginning that I had never asked the actor to compensate for the abovementioned amount to me, but the distributors, who incurred loss with the film.”

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