Producers and directors struggling to release their films in the main theatres of Majestic is common in Sandalwood. But in the strange case of Shravani Subramanya (SS), three top personalities are at loggerheads over something else: the film being continued at Santhosh theatre thanks to ‘cutting tickets’ (that’s the industry term for a producer buying tickets in bulk and distributing them free of cost among the public).
The issue is now a topic of discussion, with SS, produced by KA Suresh, which was ‘doing well’ at Santosh theatre being asked to make way to Upendra starrer Brahma, directed by R Chandru, this week.
City Express spoke to the Chandru, Suresh and distributor Jayanna who holds the rights to SS.
Chandru said, “We went on to announce Brahma’s release at Santosh only after receiving a letter from the distributor Jayanna It is between them to sort out the issue now. If the collection of SS is really good this week too, I am ready to release Brahma even if a main theatre is not available. I have seen the DCR (Daily Collection Report) available with Jayanna. The film has got debt sheets from the past two weeks. Shockingly, they are cutting tickets from each show to project good collection and planning to run the show for 50 days.”
According to him, if Suresh has promised actor Ganesh that the film will run for 50 days at Santosh, then it is his problem. “I am sure to release the film at Santosh as I have the approval letter from the distributor,” he said.
Meanwhile, Suresh is trying to seek help from the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. “This is the second time that I have been stabbed by the industry. Last time, they did it with Ninnindale and now with Brahma. They are removing the film without even informing me. I am not going to give up this time. SS is doing well and it can run for 100 days. Though Jayanna is the distributor, he should have consulted me before removing the film,” he said.
According to distributor Jayanna, he got upset when he heard that the makers were cutting tickets. “It is better that SS gives way to Brahma. I have day-to-day details with regard to the collection and only after going through them, I have taken this decision. We already have the dubbing controversy. We can’t have cat fights here. I have justified myself as a the distributor of SS. It is for Suresh to get the issue solved. Even the chamber knows the rules and regulations and they will take a decision.”