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Kollywood’s No-Show Blues

A stand-off between producers and digital service providers keeps Tamil movies off the theatres

Kollywood’s No-Show Blues
Front-Stalled | Photograph by R.A. Chandroo
Kollywood’s No-Show Blues
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2018-03-24T10:26:08+05:30

If your job is reviewing Tamil movies, it’s time to take a holiday. If you are a theatre owner in Tamil Nadu, try to replay some old Tamil hits. If that fails to bring in the footfalls, shut shop and wait for a new release.

Yes, entertainment-hungry Tamil Nadu has been starved of new Tamil films since March 1 after Tamil film producers stopped releasing new movies, complaining that the digital service providers (DSPs) refused to scale down their virtual print fee (VPF) to the desired level. “We have paid up to Rs 27,500 as VPF per movie for more than a decade and we dec­ided to correct that mistake now,” claims S.R. Prabhu, treasurer of the Tamil Film Producers’ Council. While the producers allege that the DSPs are overcharging, the service providers counter that technology costs money.

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