Tamil Film Producers' council have now issued a circular, conveying their collective decision to refrain from screening new releases in the following nine theatres - 7 in TN and 2 in Karnataka - for their hand in pirating Tamil movies. The circular requests all producers to co-operate with this decision and to send an email to Qube asking them to not provide these theatres with the KDM (Key Delivery Message) that is required to screen the films.
The nine theatres that have been identified are as follows: Krishnagiri Murugan Theatre (Manushana Ne?), Krishnagiri Nayanthara Theatre (Goli Soda 2), Mayiladuthurai Gomathi Theatre and Karur Ellora (Oru Kuppai Kathai), Arani Chetpet Padmavathy (Mr Chandramouli), Karur Kavithalaya (Thodaraa and Raja Ranguski), Sathyam Bangaluru (Imaikaa Nodigal), Viruthachalam Jai Sai Krishna Theatre (Seema Raja) and Cinepolis Mangalore (Seema Raja). These theatres were allegedly involved in creating pirated copies of films and police investigations are currently on.
Vishal starrer Sandakozhi 2 is gearing up for release on October 18 amidst a lot of expectations. Being a sequel to one of the biggest hits that released in 2005, Sandakozhi 2 is directed by N Lingusamy and stars Vishal in the lead role. The duo had worked together in the prequel and have teamed up for the sequel as well.
Sify reported that Vishal will be hosting a special show a day before its release for all the theater owners, who have signed the film, on October 17. On the film’s release, Vishal recently made it clear that it will not be released in the 10 theatres that have been accused of supporting piracy.
He has requested the Qube Cinema not to extend technical support to these theatres so that the producers’ sentiments are no hurt. He also made it clear that the Key Delivery Message (KDM) will not be released to these theatres.
It may be mentioned here that Vishal, the General Secretary of the Nadigar Sangam and the President of the Tamil Film Producers’ Council has been advocating against piracy ever since he was elected to power.
Qube has responded to TFPC's request saying they can not authorise KDMs unilaterally. "If any producer or authorised distributor authorises us to screen any particular movie in the theatres mentioned in your letter/press releases, we are obliged to comply with such requests unless the theatre has been restrained to do sobbed on any written orders of any judicial, police or regulatory bodies," their release reads.
(With inputs from Digital Native)