The Malayalam Film Producers Council and Distributors Association Wednesday decided to withdraw Malayalam films that are currently being screened in the theaters after December 30 to put pressure on the Kerala Film Exhibitors Federation (KFEF) over the issue of splitting revenue. It includes Mohanlal’s action thriller Pulimurugan, Dhyan Sreenivasan’s Ore Mukhan, Aanandam and Nadhirsha’s Kattappanayile Hrithik Roshan.
The movies have been withdrawn from 360 theaters which comes under the exhibitors federation. But another association of film exhibitors said they will continue to run movies at cinema halls at multiplexes and KFDC (Kerala State Film Development Corporation) theaters.
The Kerala Film Exhibitors Federation, an organization of theater owners, demanded that they be paid half the earnings of movies, resulting in a stand-off with producers and distributors.
It was decided not to cooperate with the distributors who released Tamil movie Kaththi Sandai starring Tamannaah and Vishal in the lead and Aamir Khan’s Dangal, disregarding the earlier decision not to release movies during Christmas.
Kaththi Sandai was released by Ramya Films while UTV is the distributor of Dangal.
It has also been decided that when the stand-off ends, six Malayalam movies, which have not been released, will be provided a “competition free” one month screening.
Dulquer Salman’s Jomonte Suvisheshangal, Mohanlal’s Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, Prithviraj’s Ezra, Jayasurya’s Fukri, Dileep’s Georgettan’s Pooram and Mammootty’s The Great Father are the movies that have not been released due to the ban.