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Will the MyWood Industry Survive?

 MIFPDA Expressed Their Concern

The government should provide avenue for the growth of the Malaysian Indian Entertainment Industry. Why government and private broadcasting companies reducing Malaysian Tamil productions in their respective local channels, asked Malaysian Indian Film Producers and Directors Association. Singapore national channel allocates 4hours daily for their local Tamil productions. But, RTM has been gradually reducing local Tamil contents. If this continues, we are worried that it will be completely wiped out in future, he said.

We applaud our Indian reps for voicing out issues pertain our community in Parliament. But sadly, they don’t perceive problems faced by Malaysian Indian Entertainment Industry as community issue and do not bother to raise it in Parliament, said Muraalie Kannan, the president of Malaysian Indian Film Producers and Directors Association (MIFPDA).

Besides this, a coalition of Malaysian Production companies has formed an action force called ‘SWITCH OFF’. They demand Malaysian local talents to be given priority and enough opportunity continuously. This was initially started by Malay production companies then joined by many others from the industry. Malaysian Indian Film Producers and Directors (MIFPDA) is one of their associate that represents Malaysian Indian Entertainment Industry, said the Muraalie Kannan, the president of MIFPDA.
iTimes.my conducted a survey with few political and NGO leaders involved in the Industry thus received many shocking facts about local movie productions.

Since January 2012 till today, there are about 14 Tamil movies has complete screening while ‘Victory’ is running in theaters. The average collection of all this movie were a mere RM120, 620.36 and if we exclude the top 3 earners, which crosses the RM100, 000, then the average revenue earned by the other 11 movies was RM32, 435. The highest collection was for Maindhan which collected RM732, 505 which is the highest collection so far for a Tamil movie in Malaysia. While Kaithiyin Diary only manages to collect RM3132 and marked the lowest collection. This excludes the revenue from distribution rights and DVD sales.

The revenue will be shared between the producer of the movie and theatre owners in the ratio of 50:50. The statistics on Malaysian Tamil Movies show that revenue generated from a movie is certainly not enough to even cover the cost of production. It is becoming merely impossible for a producer to think of a second movie.

Tamil Movie Industry was once been a benchmark for local legends to produce their own movie. Legends like P. Ramlee and few Chinese directors and producers were following the trend. Their movies are now competing with international movies. However we should first admit that Malaysian Tamil movies are not able to compete with other language movies produced locally. Perhaps we might be in our journey to give parallel competition to them.

When we interviewed few movie goers on why they decline to watch Malaysian Tamil Movies. They said only handful number of movies fulfilled the basic expectation of movie goers. Many failed to even have a good storyline, script, cinematography and acting. Quality movie will definitely attracts people watch it on big screen and word of mouth will spread to persuade others to watch, said a NGO leader referring to Maindhan. Producers must begin to produce movies that cater viewer’s expectation not just for their personal interest.

MIFPDA also claimed that they are capable enough to produce quality movie and other creative content for theaters and television channels. We request government and related agencies to create enough opportunities for us, they added. We expect Malaysian Indian political and NGO leaders to find a solution for issues in relate to Malaysian Indian entertainment industry and find ways on how they could prosper the industry. All the leaders agreed that if government and Indian leaders didn’t act quickly to fix and find an amicable solution the industry will continue to wilt and wrap up soon, they concluded.

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