Raavan's release gets canned in Bangalore, thanks to KFCC!
Audiences in Bangalore will not be able to see the movie Raavan on June 18, along with the rest of the world. Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), is yet to okay the film's release in Bangalore.
Mani Ratnam’s eagerly awaited Ravan/ Raavanan will not be releasing in any multiplex screens in Bangalore! The film will only be screened in seven single screens but might not be released on June 18.
Reliance Big Pictures, who are marketing the film, have been told by Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), that they can treat Raavan and Raavanan as one film, and not two. Suhasini Mani Ratnam, one of the producers of the film had even provided proof that both the Hindi and Tamil versions are two negatives, but KFCC remains adamant.
KFCC president Basant Kumar Patil had recently made it clear that both the Tamil and Hindi versions will be treated as one film and can be released in a combined 21 screens. Just last month, Reliance Big Pictures faced trouble over the release of Hindi film ‘Kites’ for a similar reason. The distributor went back on the undertaking that it would not release the film in more than 24 screens. KFCC functionaries had then confiscated the reels of the film from theatres screening it.
Sources said Reliance Big Pictures had orally agreed to screen all the three language versions (Hindi, Tamil and Telugu) in a total of 24 theatres. These include 16 in Hindi, seven in Tamil and one in Telugu. But since it has now approached the court, KFCC may come up with a counter-measure.
Unofficially, the exhibitors may be told to delay the release of the film by a week. That would mean that audiences in Bangalore will not be able to see the film on June 18, along with the rest of the world. However, only exhibitors in south Karnataka may heed the KFCC diktat.
The KFCC is very clear that only Kannada films can release in any number of screens and Other Language Films (OLF) can only release in a maximum of 24 screens. So in case of Raavan, Raavanan will have to be screened in 21 screens in the state.
The KFCC rule says non-Kannada films cannot be released in more than 24 theatres across Karnataka (including Bangalore). Reliance Big Pictures, the distributor of the much-hyped Hindi-Tamil bilingual, has approached the Delhi High Court against the rule. The case will come up for hearing on Thursday.
Raavan Update: Wait a week before it hits multiplexes in Bangalore!