Mollywood is now witnessing a war of words between producers and exhibitors. Yesterday the president of Exhibitors federation Liberty Basheer said to an online media that Mollywood has no hit films till March 6 this year and the films like Picket 43 and Fireman are only average grossers. They cannot be termed as hit films as both films not got going at the box office and only managed to stand in box office for just 1-2 weeks. Liberty Basheer also told that the claims of success by the makers of those films are just fake ones and only poster magics that makes it hit, not the theater collections.
Later the producer of the film Fireman, Milan Jaleel, who financed that film under his banner of Galaxy films had come out and said that Fireman is the first hit of the year. He said that Fireman has done the business above 5 crore including the satellite rights. He said that there is a situation in our industry is that most of the films did not able to stand in box office and success is very rare. But such comments made by Liberty Basheer is only an effort weaken even the successfully running films like fireman. Milan Jaleel also said that he can’t be able to understand why people like Liberty Basheer saying like this who is a responsible and experienced film personality.
Yesterday the producer of Picket 43, O G Sunil came out and said that he had lost rupees 70 lakhs due to the failure of the director Major Ravi who had directed Picket 43 produced by him. O G Sunil said that Major Ravi had agreed to make that film for 4 crore rupees and at last made it in 4.7 crore and publicity cost also came extra. It is a bizzare situation for Malayalam cinema as this war of words only results in keeping the viewers away from theaters. We don’t know who is speaking the truth.
Milan jaleel had said that fireman has done the business above 5 crore including the satellite rights of the film. So it means that its theatrer collection is not as good as expected. Liberty Basheer told about the theater collection. There is fact on both sides, but Mollywood is suffering with all of these facts and figures at the end.