Chennai, Mar 1 (): A Chennai-based film distribution company, has filed a case with the city police commissioner stating that they had suffered Rs. 17 crores as losses after they took up the distribution and release of Mani Ratnam’s film, Kadal.
Not only a case is filed for heavy losses caused by Kadal, reports say Mani Ratnam’s house was also attacked by distributors.
Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies clarified that they have no connections with distributors as they have issued all rights to Gemini Film Circuit. And a petition was also filed at Abhiramapuram police station, on behalf of Mani Ratnam, seeking protection for his house. Commissioner of Police has arranged a personal protection to Mani Ratnam.
In the complaint given to the Police Commissioner, the distribution company has said that prior to acquiring the distribution rights of Kadal, they had met Mani Ratnam and requested him to screen the film to them once.
Citing some technical snag, Krishana, manager of Mani Ratnam, did not arrange for the screening. He then assured them to go ahead keeping in mind Mani Ratnam’s past records and stature in the industry.
The distribution company took up the rights for Rs.20 crores. But, they could earn only Rs.3 crores as theatrical collections which means they suffered losses up to Rs.17 crores.
Later, when they tried to meet Mani Ratnam, they were prevented from meeting him but were also threatened. Therefore, they have requested the police in their petition to intervene in the matter, take action against Krishna and get the compensation amount.
Kadal, a love story, is set in the backdrop of the sea and lives of fisher folk. The movie is the biggest flop of the director and trade analysts have termed the movie as box office disaster. The distributors of the movie have suffered huge losses and want the director to compensate them.