Mumbai: Bollywood actor Kangana RanautUpcoming film ‘Thalaivi’ has created yet another hurdle after some of the country’s biggest multiplex chains decided not to accommodate the films slated to release in cinemas on September 10.
On Saturday, on her Instagram handle, Kangana posted a story expressing her disappointment over the decision. He wrote, “Multiplexes have different rules when it comes to big hero films, they released Radhe simultaneously OT and in theatres. They have released Master with a window of 2 weeks, Hollywood films Has released in the US with a simultaneous OTT release, but has refused to even screen SOUTH THALAIVII, which has a run time of 4 weeks. @pyrcinemas The official @inoxmovies system ensures this That any woman would rise up and complain then why don’t we have female superstars bringing audiences to the theater on their own like men do…”
In a subsequent IG story, he said, “@pvrcinemas_official @inoxmovies says they are on ventilator, but still harassment and gang up seems to be their top priority… hope content creators have a better understanding There are so many options to showcase your work but we need the support of multiplexers to save them…”
Earlier, on Friday, in a lengthy statement, the ‘Queen’ actor had initially shared his plight with his fans about the entire scenario. Saying that she was “heartbroken”, Kangana urged multiplex owners to help each other in these difficult times.
He wrote, “No one is choosing movie theatres, very few and brave enough like my producer @vishnuinduri @shaileshrsingh compromising on huge profits and shutting down exclusive streaming options only for the love of cinema.. In time we should support each other.And not to bully or fold hands, it is our fundamental right to recover the cost of our film which we did, we may have a window of two weeks for the Hindi version But for South, we have a window of four weeks. Still the multiplexes are gang-raping us and stopping our release there too.”
Kangana concluded, “It is unfair and cruel in these testing times when even major areas like Maharashtra are closed. Please help each other to save theatres.”
As per reports, theater chains are unhappy with the makers of ‘Thalaivi’ as they demand a gap of at least four weeks between its launch in theaters and on the OTT platform. Multiplex chains are reportedly refusing to screen the Hindi version of the film, saying its Netflix premiere window is too narrow.
Touted to be one of the biggest Bollywood releases of this month, Kangana’s ‘Thalaivi’ has set a lot of expectations as the trailer of the film has managed to increase the anticipation among the audience. After ‘Bell Bottom’ and ‘Chehre’, ‘Thalaivi’ will be the third Bollywood project to get a special theatrical release in India.
The film is Kangana’s second biopic after the 2019 film ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’. Helmed by AL Vijay, ‘Thalaivi’ revolves around the life of late politician Jayalalithaa. Kangana will be seen playing the lead role of Jayalalithaa in the film.
Also, the film is scheduled to release in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu in cinemas across the world. It was earlier scheduled to release in April, but was postponed due to the second wave of COVID-19.