MeToo backfire: Chinmayi banned from dubbing Tamil movies


It is known news that Singer and dubbing artiste Chinmayi has been forerunner in MeToo campaign in South India. Her allegations on Vairamuthu, veteran lyricist of Tamil industry, came as shocker to many. She has also supported other women who voice out against predators in the industry. She also supported the women who voiced against Radha Ravi, president of dubbing union and it is now taking toll on her career. Now, these powerful people of industry started moving the pawns and Chinmayi got a shocker as Tamil fiilm industry’s dubbing union terminated her membership, which means she can no longer dub for Tamil films. She has given voice for artistes like Samantha, Jyothika, Asin and Trisha and most of the times, her dubbing elevated the scenes.

She responded on the decision of dubbing union through twitter. She tweeted, “So, given to understand that I have been terminated from the dubbing union. Which means I can longer dub in Tamil films henceforth. The reason stated is that I haven’t paid ‘subscription fees’ for 2 years though this hasn’t stopped them from taking 10% off my dubbing income. According to Tamil Film Industry rules if you’re not a member of the dubbing union they wont allow you to work. Considering no written communication, message was sent to me on past dues and with the membership terminated I wonder if I ll dub for a film again in Tamil.”

She also told that she expected this would happen, as she tweeted, “I expected the first axe to go down from the dubbing union. I dont know yet if I’ll be given my membership back. Just a decision that’s been taken without informing me that my membership is terminated. I am still on the much publicised concert tour in the US.Anyway as of now it looks like ‘96 will be my last in Tamil. It is a good film to end my Tamil dubbing scene with if the termination were to continue. Bye Bye!”

She expressed her frustration on these powerful predators running the society, she tweeted, “Anyway I always knew my career would be done with. Society is run by the powerful. The predators will NEVER be questioned. Neither will disciplinary action be taken against them. Fact that Mr Radha Ravi is still President of the Dubbing Union despite all the allegations”

So, her recent film 96 might be her last Tamil film as dubbing artiste. We will have to wait and see if Tamil stars support her in this issue and help her come out. Recently actress Sanjana also forced to tender apology to the director on whom she made allegations. Now Chinmayi is targeted. We will have to see how Chinmayi fights back on this issue.

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