For the past one year, there has been a ban in Kerala on simultaneous release of Tamil films along with Tamil Nadu. All the Tamil films can be released only after two weeks of its release in Tamil Nadu, to protect the interest of Malayalam films. The ban imposed by the Film Distributors Association of Kerala last year, but they allowed Pokkiri, Sivaji and recently ATM as exemptions.
[an error occurred while processing this directive] But after ATM, the association strictly told that they would not allow any Tamil movies to release simultaneously. Because of this ban, Ajith starrer big movie Billa is suffering and fighting hard to get permission from film distributors association to release in Kerala.
For Tamil superstar films, Kerala has become a major territory, and if simultaneous release is not there the collections suffer as pirated VCD's of the film flood the market. Aanada Suresh, the producer of Billa still has his strong hold on the film trade bodies like Film Chamber and producer's Council is now negotiating with Kerala distributors personally!