Vishal can’t dictate terms to us, says ‘Abirami’ Ramanathan

Tamil Nadu Theatre-Owners’ Association’s (TNTOA) president ‘Abirami’ Ramanathan has criticized actor-producer Vishal of displaying a dominant attitude in ordering theatres not to collect parking fee and to fall in line with the revised fares of tickets.

Speaking to newsmen in Chennai, Ramanathan expressed his thanks to the Govt. for allowing theatres to ‘show flexibility’ in revising fares depending on the film’s budget. “Vishal says that a committee would be set up to determine prices of snacks/tea and other items sold in theatres, multiplexes, etc. We have our own Association; instead of consulting us, it is wrong on Vishal’s part to say a committee would determine prices.

“Nobody is the boss here; without us (theatre-owners), the producers can’t release their films. Likewise, without producers making their films, we can’t run our business of operating theatres to screen films. We are like brothers and should always behave in a friendly manner with each other. The respect and regard has to be mutual.

“Vishal should know how to convey his thoughts. Talks can find solutions to all issues. I can’t say much about parking fee issue as the issue is sub-judice,” he concluded before adding that he would make sincere attempts to resolve all issues.

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