Bollywood: Kangana Ranaut slams multiplex cinemas for refusing to screen Thalaivii
Actor urges multiplex owners to help each other in trying times
Actress Kangana Ranaut slammed theatres for ‘ganging up’ against her film Thalaivii, a biopic based on the life of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
“Multiplexes have different rules when it comes to big heros films,” she wrote on Instagram. “They released Radhe simultaneously on ott and theatres. They have released Master with 2 weeks window, releasing Hollywood movies with simultaneous OTT release in US, but refusing to screen even the South of THALAIVII which have a 4 weeks window.”
Kangana also charged the system of making sure that no woman rises, but also complains that women superstars do not bring audiences to theatres like men do.
Specifically targeting PVR Cinemas and Inox Movies, the two major theatre chains in India, Kangana said they claimed to be on ‘ventilator,’ but were engaged in ‘bullying and harassment' and ganging up appeared to be their topmost priority. She hoped better sense would prevail on content makers, who can showcase their work through other options.
According to the actress, who has been engaged in a lot of controversies of late, including with the Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra, few brave film producers are still choosing theatres by “compromising on huge profits and letting go of exclusive streaming options only for the love of cinema.”
During these tough times, “we must support each other and not bully or arm twist,” she added. “It’s our fundamental right to recover the cost of our film…This is unfair and cruel in these testing times when major territories like Maharashtra are also shut…Please let’s help each other in order to save theatres,” she pleaded.
The film, directed by A.L. Vijay features Kangana and Arvind Swamy as M.G. Ramachandran, the former chief minister, who was close to Jayalalithaa.