Many in Kollywood were under the impression that the problems plaguing the film industry would be addressed on priority basis by the new regime in the State. They now concede that nothing of that sort has happened till date. In fact, the situation has gone from bad to worse vis-à-vis getting the theaters to release films, it is learnt.
The trio of Sun Pictures, Dhayanidhi Azhagiri and Udhayanidhi Stalin had almost held the film industry as hostage by producing and distributing films at their will. In the changed political scenario, producers are said to be finding it very difficult to find the distributors to release their films. The twin cases of Sun Pictures backing away from their earlier commitment to release and distribute ‘Avan Ivan’ and Vikram’s ‘Deivathirumagal’ is cited as an example in this regard.
It is said that these three ‘main players’, along with AGS, are in control of as many as 1200 theaters in the State. This is preventing many small and medium producers from getting the desired theaters to release films, resulting in around 200 completed films lying in cold storage for want of theaters, says producer-director Keyaar. Another burning topic is the grant of ‘15 percent’ exemption from paying entertainment tax to films having their titles in ‘pure’ Tamil.
The rule, brought in force by the erstwhile DMK regime, is reportedly kept in abeyance by the present rulers. Applications seeking such exemptions are yet to be acted upon by the government, it is said. The makers of the film ‘180’, which is releasing shortly, changed its title to ‘Nootrenbadhu’ hoping to get the tax exemption.
As they seem to be getting no response from the powers-that-be, the makers have reportedly gone back to their original title of ‘180’!