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Split in Exhibitors Federation; New association to be formed with Dileep’s support

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Split in Exhibitors Federation; New association to be formed with Dileep’s support

It has been almost a month since the Exhibitors Federation called for a theatre strike over profit share issues. Their demand for 50-50 shares from the theatrical collections for new releases was not accepted by the producers and distributors associations. Even after the several rounds of discussions, there seems to be no settlement over the issue.

Now, the latest development in the issue is that the exhibitors federation have split with 21 more thetare owners releasing Vijay’s Bairavaa in their theatres. Yesterday the movie was released in 30 theatres under the exhibitors federation.

Meanwhile, the producers, distributors and theatre owners have scheduled for a meeting in the presence of actor Dileep, tomorrow in Kochi. There will be discussions about forming a new organization in the meeting.

Exhibitors Federation president Liberty Basheer has now accused actor Dileep for trying to destroy the exhibitors federation. He said, that the exhibitors federation reached an understanding with the Chief Minister over the release of Malayalam movies, but the producers were trying to release other language movies instead.

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Liberty Basheer accused that the FEFKA (Film Employees Federation of Kerala), AMMA (Association of Malayalam Movie Artists), producers association and distributors associations as trying to destroy the Exhibitors Federation.

Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s Bairavaa was released in more than 150 theatres in Kerala, including 30 theatres under the exhibitors federation. The producers have relased a list with the theatres names and phone numbers. But exhibitors federation have not accepted this. According to Liberty Basheer, the president of exhibitors federation, only 12 theatres under the federation have released Bairavaa without their consent. He also added that action will be taken against the 12 theatres where Bairavaa was screened without their approval.

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