‘Kalaipuli’ S. Thanu, producer-distributor and who is also the president of Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC), has regretted the trend of some theatre-owners in making efforts to make ‘quick money’ by illegal means at the time of release of ‘big’ films.
Vijay’s Theri, produced by Thanu, hit the screens all over the State and elsewhere yesterday. Though the film has released in a grand manner, it faced huge issues in releasing in Chenglepattu ‘distribution area’, a major zone as far as releasing new films are concerned. It turned out that theatre-owners in this area refused to take up the film’s release citing ‘exorbitant’ rates quoted by the producer.
Thanu later decided to release it on his own in a few theatres in the zone. However, prominent theatres such as Kasi, Vetri, etc. didn’t release the film, disappointing Vijay’s fans who flocked to these theatres.
Stoning of Kast Theatre by irate fans of Vijay was controlled by the police who arrived in time. Later, speaking to newsmen, Thanu said that he had released the film on his own in a few halls in Chenglepattu zone.
“We have released it in halls such as Mayajal, Inox, AGS, Vetrivel, PVR, etc. In other theatres, the theatre-owners appear to be forming strategies in making ‘huge money’ at the time of release of ‘big’ films starring stars such as Rajini, Ajith and Vijay.
“A few theatre-owners even said that they would make payment to the producer only after the film runs for a few weeks which is unacceptable. If this trend continues, films would face a bleak future,” Thanu said.