Lingaa distributors to go on a Hunger strike due to huge loss

Marina Pictures, which had distributed the Rajinikanth starrer Lingaa in Thanjavur area, has sought police permission to hold a hunger strike on January 10th, 2015.

Complaining of a huge loss, a distributor of superstar Rajinikanth's recent film "Lingaa" in Trichy and Thanjavur districts has approached the Madras high court for permission to stage a fast in Chennai.

"Lingaa" was released on Rajinikanth's birthday on December 12, 2014. In his petition, Marina Pictures managing director R Singaravadivelan said he had purchased the rights to screen the film in Trichy and Thanjavur districts for a sum of Rs 8 crore. He said the film was a failure and it did not get enough box office collections.

He said distributors in several other areas too suffered similar losses and they too plan to join the stir.

Claiming that he and several theatre owners who had paid had suffered losses, the petitioner said neither the producer nor actor Rajinikanth was willing to talk to them.

In order to highlight the plight of distributors and theatre owners, the petitioner company had sought permission to hold a hunger strike in Chennai on January 10. As there was no response from the city police, they filed the present writ petition.

The petitioner wanted the court to direct the Chennai city police to permit them to hold a hunger strike either at Valluvar Kottam or at the government guest house near Chepauk, to draw the attention of the filmmakers..

It may be mentioned here that the producers have made a statement that Lingaa is still continuing its run in various theatres and have come out with the 25th day ad, which indicates that fans still throng the theatres to watch their Thalaivar.


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