In the light of the ongoing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over Cauvery water issue, the release of actor Dhanush’s Thodari has been delayed in Karnataka.
Film distributors and theatre owners look forward to big releases like Thodari due to large fan following for Tamil movies in Bengaluru. However, in a collateral damage, there has been no screening of Tamil movies in India’s Silicon City since September 5.
“Cauvery water row is a very sensitive matter. The situation on the ground is not good and screening of Tamil films may lead to unnecessary problems, which we don’t want. Hence all exhibitors and distributors have collectively decided not to screen Tamil films as a precautionary measure,” said Thomas D’Souza, Vice-President at the Film Federation of India and former president of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce.
He also added that the screening of Tamil film in the city is very unlikely until the Cauvery matter was in the court as predicting how people will react to the developments was impossible.
“It is nearly impossible to recover the losses that distributors and exhibitors incur due to stalling of the releases,” said Muralikrishna, a theatre owner and distributor.
“Not just individual stakeholders, the government has incurred a loss of about Rs 5 crore in tax revenue since we stopped screening of Tamil films,” said another stakeholder, who didn’t want to be identified.
Earlier this month, actor Vikram-starrer Iru Mugan also suffered the same fate, causing a huge monetary loss to distributors and exhibitors.
Thodari is directed by Prabhu Solomon, starring Dhanush and Keerthy Suresh in the lead roles. The film will release in the rest of the country on Thursday.