Popular filmmaker Ameer was on Tuesday elected as the president of Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI), one of the influential bodies of Tamil cinema. He defeated veteran director Visu by nine votes.
Out of the 65 votes polled (22 associations are affiliated to FEFSI and each of them has 3 votes. Bharathiraja, the president of directors' assocation, did not cast his vote), Ameer secured 37 votes and emerged triumphant.
Speaking to reporters, Ameer said he would fight for the rights and livelihood of workers. "We are planning to launch many initiatives which are aimed at uplifting the lives of film workers," he said.