The Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association on Friday urged actor Vijay to reimburse 35 per cent of the sum they had paid as Minimum Guarantee (MG) for the actors recent release movie Sura or else all movies starring Vijay in future will boycotted
Addressing media persons in Chennai, Panneerselvam, a top office bearer of the Theatre Owners association said, “the continued poor performance of films starring Vijay and the hardship and financial losses faced by exhibitors and theatre-owners forced us to convene an emergency meeting.”
“We purchased ‘Sura’ for a huge price. But its not-so impressive performance meant a loss of over 60 per cent for us,” he said and added, “We tried approach the actor to provide us compensation. But he could not be reached“.
Stating that there have been instances in the past when actors and producers have shared (our) losses by giving compensation, Pannerselvam said “We have suffered huge losses and would want to appeal to the actor though the media to consider our plea on a humanitarian basis. Just as Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Mani Ratnam and T Rajender did when their films didn’t do well, we expect Vijay to compensate us for the losses we have suffered as a result of screening his film, Sura. We expect 35% of the sum we paid as MG for the film to be reimbursed... If it is not met with, we would be left with no other option but not to cooperate with him when his films are released in future“.
Only three films had managed to fare decently at the box office so far this year, the office bearers said that Sura had been released in 240 theatres across Tamil Nadu and that they had incurred a loss of Rs 10 crore. When asked what their response would be if there was no positive response from the actor to their plea, Paneerselvam said, “We are requesting him to consider our plea on a humanitarian basis. If there is no positive response, our executive committee will meet and decide the next course of action on boycotting.”