December 19, 2016 6:01:36 pm
The censor board has cleared Malayalam superstar Mohanlal’s upcoming film Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol with a clean ‘U’ certificate, making it eligible to watch for audiences of all age groups even as it is facing uncertainty over its release on the Christmas weekend.
The ongoing dispute between Malayalam Film Producers Council and Distributors Association and the Kerala Film Exhibitors Federation (KFEF) over profit sharing has hit the film industry badly with single screen owners refusing to screen new films. The strike is threatening to stall the release of big-ticket and highly-anticipated films, including Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol this week.
The single screen owners in Kerala have been demanding parity with multiplex screens, which get to keep 50 percent of the box office collection. The owners of single screens have to pay about 60 percent of the total net revenue to distributors and producers during the first week of a new film. The standoff has spread across the film industry with various film organisations also going on strike, bringing the film industry to a standstill.
Actor Dulquer Salmaan’s Jomonte Suvisheshangal, which was supposed to release last Friday, was postponed indefinitely due to the strike. The ongoing stalemate is now threatening to force the makers of Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, Prithviraj’s Ezra and Jayasurya’s Fukri to postpone the release date. The buzz is that the conflicting parties are expected to reach an agreement soon as stalling the release of these films this holiday season will cause huge financial losses to everybody involved.
Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol is directed by Jibu Jacob and also marks the reunion of Drishyam pair, Mohanlal and Meena. The trailer of the film was recently released to a positive response and is expected to become Mohanlal’s third big hit in Malayalam in 2016 after Oppam and Pulimurugan.
The family drama is loosely based on the Malayalam short story Pranayopanishad by V J James, in which Mohanlal plays the role of a Panchayat secretary. The film revolves around the infidelity of a middle-aged man.
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