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Why is K'wood supporting Lanka Tamils?

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The star should have known that Aegan was produced by Ayngaran International, an international film distribution and production company owned by influential London-based Sri Lankan Tamil K. Karunamoorthy. He is a man who is not only well-connected to the Kodambakkam film industry but is also known to be close to top DMK leaders.

While the overseas market was earlier limited to Malaysia and Singapore, which have Tamils of Indian origin, the ethnic strife in Sri Lanka has led to Sri Lankan Tamils relocating to Canada, the UK, Europe and US as well. Many of them have got into film distribution and production. One estimate puts the Lankan Tamil share of the Rs 1,200-crore Tamil film industry at more than 30 per cent. "Ayngaran has a very deep relationship within the Tamil film fraternity and has over 90 per cent marketshare internationally," says Karunamoorthy. He estimates the overseas market for Tamil films to be one-quarter of the box-office collection for Bollywood films.

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