Chennai: No new straight Tamil films and other language films will be released in theatres from September 4 and no movies will be screened in any of the theatres in Tamil Nadu from September 11. This was announced by a federation of Tamil film industry which comprises various bodies including Tamil Film Producers Council at a hurriedly convened press conference here on Wednesday evening.
A statement issued by Tamil Film Producers Council members including its president Thanu, said that Paneerselvam from Chenglepet and who owns Rohini Theatre, in association with certain people has been indulging in activities with the bad intention of ruining Tamil cinema.
He is also indulging in ‘katta panchayat’ and threatening to stall Paayum Puli which is scheduled for September 4 release. He is also demanding a huge amount from the producers of Paayum Puli to come to a settlement, the statement said. “To teach him a lesson and to bring a solution to the existing problem, we have resorted to the above said method of strike,” the statement added.
The organisation also urged the state government to intervene and help them reach an amicable solution. The issue started when The Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association recently put a red card on film Paayum Puli thereby stalling its release in cinemas which was scheduled for September 4.
The release of the film was being stalled because its producers Vendhar Movies, who distributed Rajinikanth-starrer Lingaa, are yet to settle the losses incurred by that film, a theatre owners’ association member said. To help Vendhar Movies, the Tamil Film Producers Council complained to the police commisioner about some distributors creating trouble....