Chennai: Piqued by criticism against his
family members being in film industry, Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi on Saturday said there was nothing wrong in their
involvement and even his great grandson can plunge into the
"There is so much criticism against my family members for
being involved in the film industry. Yes, my grandsons are
into producing movies. But it is not a wrong thing to produce
movies as it is an accepted profession,"? He said at the audio
launch of a Tamil film.
This is the second time since last month that the DMK
patriarch, himself a script writer, has taken umbrage at the
criticism against his family`s growing presence in the Tamil
At a film industry function last month, he had drawn
parallels with veteran Hindi actor Prithviraj Kapoor, saying
the actor`s next of kin still ruled Hindi cinema.
He was responding to criticism in a section of the media
about the growing instances of his grandsons taking the plunge
in Tamil cinema, either as producers or actors.
He had referred to Prithviraj`s son Raj Kapoor taking to
acting and direction and his brothers Shammi and Shashi
Kapoor. Today, Prithiviraj Kapoor`s grandson and
granddaughters are also in film industry, he had noted,
defending his family`s involvement in the film world.
Karunandhi`s grandsons, Udayanidhi Stalin and Dayanidhi
Azhagiri, have floated their own film production companies,
while one of his grandnephews and brother of Union Minister
Dayanidhi Maran, Kalanidhi Maran, who co-owns media empire Sun
TV Group, has also stepped into production.
Karunanidhi said today "it would not be a matter of
surprise even if my great grandson also becomes a producer."
He said he wanted the Tamil cinema industry to grow and had
therefore offered sops such as tax exemption for films
carrying Tamil titles.