Ace director Maniratnam’s ‘Raavanan’ has invariably become the most-awaited and most talked-about film in recent times. Maniratnam, the producer and director, is said to be planning to release the film in more number of halls in the State, more than the number of halls in which Rajni’s Shankar-directed ‘Sivaji: The Boss’ was released more than three years ago.
Through the distributors, even small cinema halls situated in remote areas are being booked for the release of the film. This has apparently rattled small-budget film producers, who normally look for small and less-costing theatres situated in remote areas and small towns.
Meanwhile, some last-minute hiccup has appeared vis-à-vis the title of the film. Some other producer had reportedly registered the title of ‘Raavanan’ with the Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC) some time back. Even when the film’ shooting began more than two years ago, rumours emanated from Kollywood that the same title had already been registered with the Council by someone.
Maniratnam reportedly thought he would worry about whatever problems that might arise out of the title at a latter date; this is where the star-director appears to have erred. With the advertising campaign for ‘Raavanan’ proceeding on full-flow, the title problem has come back to haunt him.
The person who had already registered the title is said to have filed a complaint with the Council saying that the title ‘actually belonged’ to him. Surprised by the not-so-unexpected problem, Mani reportedly called the guy and spoke to him and ironed out a ‘compromise solution’ wherein the latter agreed to part with the title at a ‘huge’ and unspecified cost.
Probably, had Mani spoken to the same guy more than a couple of years ago, the money he ultimately paid could have been far less!