Bangalore: It's happening again. Another language movie is forcing a successful Kannada movie to be removed from theatres, from its own territory! Well, Upendra's Godfather, which is doing good business at Box Office, is facing a tough times to retain screens due to the massive release of Salman Khan starrer Ek Tha Tiger.
According to reports, some of the main theatres in Bangalore and other parts of Karnataka have decided to replace Godfather with Ek Tha Tiger. Irritated by the development, distributor Prasad of Samarth Ventures has written a letter to the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce seeking their help to intervene and solve the issue.
Prasad has requested the film chamber to direct the theatres not to replace his movie with other language films, as Godfather is still running successfully all over Karnataka. But the distributor has not blamed Ek Tha Tiger as the main cause of the problem. However, it is widely believed that the Salman Khan starrer movie is the only Bollywood flick, which is releasing this week and its massive release in Karnataka has put the Upendra starrer movie along with other local language movies in trouble.
Traders say that not only Ek Tha Tiger, but also other language movies including Telugu movie Julayi starring Allu Arjun is threatening Kannada movies. Distributors and theatres look forward to earn quick bucks at the cost of the Kannada movies, adds a trader. However, it is not clear whether the film chamber can help the makers of Godfather, as it has failed to give justice on earlier occasions.
Facing theatre crunch. Never ending issue?
For an industry, which produces over 125 films per year, the shortage of theatres have been a tough nut to crack. The state has 600 plus theatres and it faces stiff competition from other language films that get more number of screens than the native film.