Dhanush's upcoming film Thodari has been getting delayed for some time with the dates scheduled here and there, and now it's finally releasing on September 22 (Thursday has become the new Friday down South). The film has been in the news thanks to an interesting plot device of having nearly the entire plot set on a running train with the lead pair meeting, romancing and facing the baddies on the moving locomotive itself. Keerthy Suresh plays the lead in the film and it is directed by Prabhu Solomon, the man who was responsible for the brilliant Mynaa, Kumki and Kayal. Dhanush, who always loves to play different characters in each movie, is definitely expecting another blockbuster and critical appreciation here. Thodari is one of the most anticipated Tamil movies of the year, however, there are chances that the movie may not make money as much as the makers would have expected.
The primary reason to blame in the ongoing Cauvery fracas that has the entire South worried thanks to the scuffles and riots that have broken out over the matter. As a result none of the Tamil films have managed to get a release there since September 5. Bangalore is a big center for Tamil movies, and therefore this is definitely not a situation distributors want to see themselves in. Even Vikram's last release, the sci-fi thriller Iru Mugan, also failed to find a release there and had to suffer loses as a result.
When a leading daily, Indian Express spoke to the Vice-President at the Film Federation of India and former president of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, Thomas D’Souza, he said about the issue, “Cauvery water row is a very sensitive matter. The situation on the ground is not good and screening of Tamil films may lead to unnecessary problems, which we don’t want. Hence all exhibitors and distributors have collectively decided not to screen Tamil films as a precautionary measure."
Of course, without a proper release, it's a huge loss for the distributors and the exhibitors who have bough the movie at huge prices, and later not being able to play them at the theatres.
“It is nearly impossible to recover the losses that distributors and exhibitors incur due to stalling of the releases,” said Muralikrishna, a theatre owner and distributor. Even the government also incurs loss from entertainment tax revenue, when movies are not being played, and Tamil films have huge following everywhere in South, especially if it has big stars like Rajinikanth, Vijay, Ajith or Dhanush.
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