Director R. Subramanian is sour that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has granted the 'A' certificate to his small budget debut film 'Sevarkodi', thereby depriving it of the 30 per cent tax concession.
If small-budget films are given the 'A' certificate, all those concerned in their production would be badly affected. An additional burden would be cast on them, which they would not be able to bear, he says.
He has appealed to the captains of the industry to step in and make efforts to protect the interests of the makers of small budget films.
Before 'Sevarkodi' Subramanian has written the dialogues for 'Abhiyum Nanum' and 'Vaamanan'. 'Sevarkodi' is his maiden directorial venture. He cast new faces _ a swimming champion Arun Balaji as the hero, Bhama as the heroine and Pavan as the villain. The film was made on a shoestring budget.
When the film was screened for the censors, they said they would give it the 'A' certificate as there was a drinking scene in it. Subramanian had explained the context in which this scene became necessary, but the censors stood their ground.
Alleging discrimination, Subramanian avers that some big budget films with drinking scenes have been granted 'U' certificate. He could not understand why the censors adopted different yardsticks.
The State Government has recently announced a tax incentive scheme for films which conform to certain norms. Films getting 'A' certificates are not eligible for the 30 per cent tax concession.
Subramanian says he has been affected by the censor's decision which will not help small-budget films like 'Sevarkodi'.