Baahubali 2 morning screenings cancelled in Tamil Nadu as distributor defaults on payment
Friday, 28 April 2017, 9 am.
SS Rajamouli’s epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion theatrical screenings have started all over the world, including in the US, where paid premieres are being held. But not yet in Tamil Nadu.
The reason? Baahubali 2 producers Arka Media have not issued he mandatory KDM licences to theatres in the state as the local distributor — K Productions' Raja Rajan — has defaulted on his final settlement.
Shows planned for as early as 4 am on Friday in the Chennai suburbs of Tambaram (Vidya Theatre), Poonamalee Sundar and Porur GK had been cancelled. Huge crowds which had gathered early in the morning to catch the fist screenings of Baahubali 2, had to go back disappointed. Early morning show ticket rates were being sold at Rs 500, to take advantage of the FDFS (first day first show) craze.
Meanwhile the Tamil Nadu distributor of the film Raja Rajan is in Hyderabad, trying to sort the issue out. As per trade sources, he is waiting for banks to start their business day, after which he hpes to get some funds from his overseas partners and settle the issue. Rajan had initially also got the overseas rights of Baahubali 2.
In Tamil Nadu, however, there is seething rage among fans and theatre owners. It is not the first time a big film release has run into trouble, but Rajan's handling of he situation has caused a huge loss to the trade. The first day collections are going to be badly affected with a large number of shows getting cancelled.
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