Monday, January 5, 2015

Will Rajinikanth bow down to emotional black mail of Film distributors?

After the massive debacle of Rajinikanth’s KOCHADAIIYAAN, the superstar is yet again in a soup with his latest flick LINGAA too failing to live up to the expectation of the cine buffs. Though film trade pundits may have declared LINGAA as the highest grossing movies of 2014 and placed it in the prestigious 100-crore Club but the bitter truth is that LINGAA is a commercial disaster and distributers are demanding compensation from Rajinikanth.

Rajinikanth is a golden hearted man and has been known for coming to the rescue of the film distributors by paying the losses from his kit. Remember he compensated some distributors when BABA and KUSELAN boomed at the box office. Likewise the distributors are expecting the same from Rajinikanth this time and few have began pressurizing tactics too.

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One among the many is R Singaravadivelan, managing director, Marina Pictures, who has approached the Madras high court for permission to stage a hunger strike in Chennai as he has failed to recover his investment.

 In his petition, R Singaravadivelan said he had purchased the rights to screen the film in Trichy and Thanjavur districts for a sum of Rs 8 crore but since the film failed to appeal the film buffs, he could not make enough profit. He claims that like him many distributors, who have suffered similar losses, are planning to join him in the stir as neither Rajinikath nor the film producers are paying heed to their woes.

The petitioner plans to hold a hunger strike on January 10 at Valluvar Kottam or at the government guest house near Chepauk in Chennai.

Responding to the threat by distributors, a producer on condition of anonymity said, “The distributors have tasted blood after Rajini sir had been kind to few distributors in the past. However I don't think Rajini Sir will bow to such emotional black mail this time.”