KOCHI: The Malayalam film industry which had come to a halt due to the strike over theatre revenue is deepening further. The meet of the Film Exhibitors Federation in Kochi decided to close down all ‘A’ Class Theatres from Thursday. Almost 356 theatres would come to a standstill. Meantime, Liberty Basheer, president of exhibitors’ federation said they will attend the talks convened to settle the strike.
Basheer said they will not retract from their demand of increasing their theatre share. If the government invites us for the talks, will surely attend it. Producers and distributors are obstinate. They don’t want to settle the strike. The decision to down shutters was taken unanimously.
The share of theatres in the first week is presently 40%. The producers and distributors started the strike stopping film releases following the decision taken by exhibitors federation to raise it by 50%.
Following the strike of theatre owners, Mohanlal’s Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, Dulqar Salman’s Joemonte Visheshangal, Prithviraj’s Esra and Jayasurya’s Fukri are awaiting release.