January 5, 2011 06:27:33 PM IST A S Mitra, Glamsham Editorial
The Copyright Act issue has brought two of the film industry's big unions viz the Film Federation of India (FFI) and the Film and TV Producers Guild at loggerheads on who should officially speak for the industry.
The FFI president T.P. Aggrawal, in a letter to the Guild, has asked it to desist from speaking on behalf of the film industry or making any commitment on its behalf. His contention was that since the Guild was not a member of the FFI, it would not abide by the Guild's.
"We don't agree on the Guild's contention that there should be an increase in royalty to lyricists and music directors. After them, there would be many others who would follow like the directors and so on. Since the FFI was an apex body, the Guild, that doesn't represent the film industry, would have to follow our rules, asserts Aggrawal adding, all that they are doing is for their self interest."
But vice-president of the Guild Mukesh Bhatt has a different view. It was wrong to assume that the Guild does not represent the film industry since ninety per cent of the producers are its members. "We are not members of the FFI and hence there was no need to reply the letter."
However, both Aggrawal and Bhatt rule out a split in the production segment.