Theatre-owners are said to be thinking twice about releasing Ajith‘s upcoming film ‘Mankatha‘ not because of any sort of misunderstanding with Ajith. It’s because of the fact that the theatre-owners have some grouse against the producer Dayanidhi Azhagiri.
Dayanidhi Azhagiri‘s last two films as producer in ‘Va Quarter Cutting‘ and ‘Azhagarasmiyin Kudhirai‘ haven’t fared well at the theatres. This had reportedly resulted in theatre-owners incurring huge losses after releasing these two films.
They are said to be confabulating among themselves to take up the distribution and release of Dayanidhi’s latest venture ‘Mankatha‘ only if they are compensated for the losses suffered earlier by them. Ajith, who has already gone on record saying that his job was not to clear obstacles in releasing his film, may not interfere in the matter.
There is, of course, some good news for Ajith‘s fans. Now that Gnanavel Raja has taken up the distribution and theatrical release of ‘Mankatha‘, it appears that the problem would be amicable solved paving the way for the smooth release of ‘Mankatha‘.
Mankatha distribution rights keep changing hands
Ajith starrer ‘Mankatha‘ is all set to hit the silver screen very soon. The film has been directed by Venkatprabhu and produced by Cloud Nine Movies owned by Dayanidhi, son of Union Minister Azhagiri, a DMK strongman. After the change of guard in the State post the Assembly elections held in Apri, it was seen with skepticism by many in Kollywood as to how would Azhagiri be able to release his film in the changed scenario.
Ajith, who was expected to meet Amma to get the hurdles cleared paving the way for the release of his landmark 50th film, said that it was his duty to act in films and it was the responsibility of the director and producer to bring the film to silver screen. Ayngaran Films, which has secured the rights to release the film abroad, had announced that the film would be released on 31st August.
It was, therefore, believed that the film would be released in Tamil Nadu and other places either on 31st August or on 1st September. In a sudden and unexpected move, Studio Green (owned by producer KE Gnanavel Raja, actor Surya‘s Uncle) has taken up the release and distribution work of ‘Mankatha‘. Yesterday’s papers carried advertisements saying that the film would be released by Studio Green and not by Cloud Nine Movies.
This has probably cleared whatever impediment that might have hurt the film’s release, it is pointed out by observers. KE Gnanavel Raja is said to have ‘secured’ the film’s rights at a ‘record price’. Now that the Censors have cleared the film with an ‘U/A’ certificate, KE Gnanavel Raja is said to be very keen to release the film in the State and elsewhere on 31st August itself.
Keep watching this space for the latest status updates on the subject.