Vishnu Manchu unhappy with Movie Artist Association's knee-jerk action
‘It is my prerogative, to decide whom I should act or not act with,’ says the actor, in a letter to the association
Actor and producer Vishnu Manchu expressed great displeasure at the way the Movie Artist Association has handled a non-member issue, in the wake of growing outrage.
In a letter that he sent out to the association, Vishnu says MAA was formed for the welfare of the members of the Telugu film industry, and also to extend societal services and support the government in times of severe disasters and natural calamities. It is this guiding principle that had led many artistes join the association, he adds.
"The recent episode involving a non-member of the MAA puzzles me," the actor went on to say. He quotes the sudden press conference that the association held first urging that 900 members of the association boycott the agitated artist, and says it is their prerogative of the members, including his father, brother, sister and himself, to choose whom to work with.
Following the boycott, MAA called for yet another press conference and took a U-turn to revoke the ban, surprising many. Vishnu says this decision has put the respectful association in a bad light with media and millions across the world. "Because of your decision we have been embarrassed nationally."
He goes on to say that the association must set proper guidelines on who can have memberships. "With allegations about the exploitation of women and men in the name of our film industry making unpleasant news now, the film chamber must set up a grievance cell beyond MAA; MAA alone cannot be a single party to this," says Vishnu, adding that "restraint is needed in matters like this, not knee-jerk reactions."
The actor concludes by hoping that the association will respond to his note of grievance and displeasure immediately.