Demanding compensation for the loss incurred in Rajinikanth-starrer “Lingaa”, distributor R. Singaravadivelan, who distributed the film in Thanjavur and Trichy districts, has sought the permission of the Madras High Court to go on fast in Chennai. Singaravadivelan of Marina Pictures submitted his petition to the court on Tuesday.
“Since most distributors suffered heavy losses due to the failure of the film, we had urged the producer and actor Rajinikanth to repay the initial investment. Since there was no response, I submitted this petition to go on a fast,” he said in a statement.
The film running into 27th day on Jan 7, 2015 was released on Rajinikanth’s birthday on Dec. 12, though distributors favoured its release on Christmas.
In all, the film collected Rs.140 crore so far, surpassing earlier box office records but distributors said the initial brouhaha was over within a week that the film is not profitable. Most distributors claimed to have suffered heavy losses since they had paid high prices for the film.
Vendhar Movies, which had acquired the Tamil Nadu distribution rights of “Lingaa,” said the film’s performance has not been as expected. When sought return of the payment, the producers had asked distributors to wait until Christmas, said the distributor.
“It is true that the film has not been doing as well as we would have expected. Probably, we shouldn’t have released it on December 12. But, we are sure that the film will pick up during the Christmas holidays,” T. Siva, a representative of Vendhar Movies, told The Hindu.
Following the debacle, the distributors and theatre owners have decided to on a hunger strike on 10 January at Valluvar Kottam, Chennai.
The Madras High Court, led by Justice T.S Sivagnanam, urged the intervention of the government in this matter. In the past, Rajinikanth had reportedly returned part of his money to distributors when his film “Badshah” failed to turn profitable.
Very often distributors pay huge money bags hoping success of big-starrer films but one failure drives them on to the streets and now they have been knocking at the high court for permission to go on fasting.
Directed by K.S. Ravikumar, “Lingaa” released on Rajinikanth’s birthday last year Dec 12. It also features Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka Shetty in lead roles.