The Exhibitors’ Association, who are responsible for screening all the films in theatres situated across the State, has filed a case against Ulaganayagan Kamal Hassan for his reported ‘misuse’ of the registration number allotted to the Association.
In his petition filed before the Chennai High Court, Panneer Selvam, general secretary of the Association, has said “The Association has been striving hard for the growth of Tamil films and for the welfare of the theatre-owners in the State. Kamal Haasan’s Raaj Kamal Films International made Vishwaroopam which was to be released simultaneously in theatres and on television (via DTH) on 11.01.2013.
“Theatre-owners strongly objected to this which resulted in delay in the film’s release. In the meantime, the State Govt. banned the film’s release apparently due to the opposition to it by some Muslim organizations. Though the ban was later vacated by High Court, Raaj Kamal Films had filed a case with the The Competition Commission of India (CCI) against the Association stating that it was due to a resolution passed by us that the film’s release in theatres was postponed.
“We never passed such a resolution but a resolution has been passed using the registration number of our Association which others can’t make use of. We lodged a complaint against Kamal Hassan and Sridhar Ramanujam with the police commissioner on 17.4.2013 for ‘preparing’ a false resolution making use of our registration number. No action has so far been initiated by the police in this regard. We request the Court to direct the police to take up the issue on priority basis.”