Saturday, April 12, 2008

Hogenakkal row: Kollywood loses Rs 200 cr

Due to the spat between the Kannada and Tamil film industry over the controversial Hogenakkal Joint Drinking Water Scheme, which resulted in attack on theatres screening Tamil movies in the neighboring State, the Tamil industry has lost over Rs 200 crore in the last couple of weeks.

According to Kalaipuli G Sekaran, president, Tamil Film Distributors Association, 'the decision by the Karnataka film chamber not to release Tamil films in Karnataka has dealt a big blow to us'.

'The movies including ‘Anjathey’, ‘Thotta’, ‘Sadhu Miranda’ were removed from theatres. Interestingly the movies including ‘Santhosh Subramaniyam’, ‘Yaradi Nee Mohini’, ‘Arai En 305il Kadavul’ and ‘Thozha’ were not bought by the distributors in Karnataka fearing attacks. As a result our industry stands to loss Rs 200 crore so far. Hope the issue is sorted out at the earliest', he said.