Lingaa distributors to hold begging bowl protest

Lingaa distributors
The distributors of Lingaa apparently annoyed with non being compensation for loss they suffered have decided to hold begging bowl protest.

Nearly a month after the row over Rajinikanth-starrer Lingaa appeared to have been settled, distributors are up in arms all over again. Almost all the distributors and theatre owners who demanded compensation for the losses incurred while exhibiting the film, are meeting in the city on Saturday - to decide how to increase pressure on the actor and his producer, Rockline Venkatesh.

They met media today and announced their decision. They say Rajinikanth has to intervene and help them get compensated.

Lingaa, featuring Rajinikanth and Sonakshi Sinha was directed by K S Ravikumar, and released on December 12. It was sold for a whopping price to the distributors, who demanded refund when the film bombed.

Their claim is that the compensation offered by the producer is meagre, at best. “There had been extensive accounting done by Tirupur Subramaniam, a confidante of Rajinikanth and he ascertained the quantum of loss suffered by us. Despite this, they are unwilling to share the loss with us so we have decided to expose how much money they have taken from Eros International,” said one of the distributors.

He went on to claim that the amount demanded by the distributors - `33.85 crore - wouldn’t even cut into the principal investment made by the producers or into Rajinikanth’s salary. “All we want them to do is reduce their profit margin and help us out. All the proof is with us, showing that Eros has bought the film’s rights for `157 crore from the producer and Rajinikanth,” he claimed. In a recent interview, Rockline Venkatesh is believed to have said that all he could do was offer a 10 pc refund on the losses.


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