There were reports surfacing on social media, saying that it has been decided by Coimbatore Distributors Association, not to give any movies to popular theatre owner and distributor Tiruppur Subramaniam. On this note, the much-experienced trade expert clarified on the same, and also on various other issues, through his audio statement.
He said, “While we decided to have a meeting with Tamil Film Producers Council, they (TFPC) told our Tamil Nadu Theatres Association head that I should not be attending the meeting. For the welfare of the association and the industry, I decided to stand out from the meeting. Two to three meetings between our association and TFPC happened, and there was no improvement.
Then, I decided to get into the issue, and I called a top office-bearer in TFPC, a few days back. I asked him what were the issues to be sorted out and he placed the questions one by one. First, he asked about transparency, for which I told, we have already asked one month’s time for that and would be implemented very soon. Next, he asked us to reduce the online ticketing charge amount. I replied, that the online charge amount does not reach us, and instead, it goes to the service provider and others. To stop all these, TFPC can start an online ticketing website by themselves. I enquired about it, and it costs only a reasonable amount to host and run a website. TFPC can do that, and if it functions well, all our theatres will join the site.
The next question was about, quoting less ticket prices for smaller movies. We have already asked about the same to the Government to approve, and they have agreed to. Once they give the official order, it can be regulated.
Now, I wanted to talk about the QUBE issue to him. All language films are screened in Tamil Nadu, and this is happening only because of the progress of the digital format. If not, all these films wouldn’t reach small-scale theatres. We have comfortable seating features, have A/C facilities, but we do not charge any of that, with the Producers. We bear those charges, but, now, TFPC wants to share the VPF rates with us. We don’t get any income from the VPF, that you pay. Most of the VPF rates paid by the producers go only to the QUBE.
I recently saw Vishal speaking about how the audience should be brought into the theatres, with low rates and good facilities. We know how to bring our audience inside the screen. You do not have to tell about that. When you asked us not to interfere with your business, we stayed outside. So, you also please do the same. If you have any issues or problems with theatres/theatre owners, let me know. If any theatre owner is cheating the producer without showing the right collection calculations, cite their name, and our association will take care of them. Immediate action will be taken. Instead, don’t accuse the whole theatre owners group.
You are ready to pay VPF charges for the movies screened in theatres, outside Tamil Nadu, but not in TN? Why is this indifference? Why is there a separate rule for theatres in Tamil Nadu, and theatres outside Tamil Nadu? We will not bear the VPF charges, and this is our only request. If the problem has to end, it has to be equal. I speak this, on behalf of all the theatre owners.
I also saw a post about the decision of not giving any movies to me, by Coimbatore Distributors Association. Theatres association has some respectable legends, who like to hear and see me affected. Thunbam varadha rasikuranga. But the distributors association themselves told me that they have not taken any decisions like that. All the exhibitors and distributors, who have done business with me in Coimbatore knows about my word and my honesty.
If there are 100 people, obviously at least 10 people will not like you, and it is usual. Those ten people will talk ill and bad about you. But you should not worry about that. So, I do not care about that. The Coimbatore Distributors Association have denied that rumour.”