Mannan, a Chennai-based film distributor, is one of the many distributors in the city and rest of the State who had taken up the distribution and release of Kadal directed by ace director Mani Ratnam . Released on the 1st of this month after little publicity glitz and comparitvely low pre-release hype with the Vishwaroopam issue stealing the limelight, Kadal turned out to be a non-starter and has ended up as a box-office ‘disaster’.
Mannan has now filed a case with the city police commissioner stating that he had suffered Rs.17 crores as losses after he took up the distribution and release of the film. In his complaint submitted to the Commissioner of Police yesterday, Mannan has said, “I met Maniratnam prior to acquiring the distribution rights of Kadal and requested him to screen the film to me for once so that I can take up the film’s distribution.
“However, citing some technical snag, Maniratnam’s manager Krishna told me that he wouldn’t be able to arrange for the screening. He then assured me that I could go ahead and acquire the film’s distribution keeping in view Maniratnam’s stature in the industry and his past record. I then took up the rights for Rs.20 crores. I could earn only Rs.3 crores as theatrical collections which means I suffered losses to the tune of Rs.17 crores.
“I tried to meet Maniratnam many times to explain to him about the losses and seek compensation but Krishna is not only preventing us from meeting him but is also threatening us. Therefore, I request you to kindly intervene in the matter, take action against Krishna and get met the compensation amount,” the petition concluded thus.