Row over distribution mannequin, ‘Pathaan’ courts one more controversy | Bengali Film Information

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‘Pathaan’ is breaking data in pre-release enterprise and advance ticket gross sales. That is certainly an excellent signal for distributors in Kolkata as effectively since everyone seems to be trying ahead to a grand opening day for Shah Rukh Khan’s comeback movie. Whereas this can be a good signal when it comes to general movie enterprise a number of filmmakers in Kolkata are usually not pleased with the best way their operating movies are being taken down by single display screen house owners.
Final week three Bengali movies, ‘Kaberi Antardhan’, ‘Dilkhush’ and ‘Physician Bakshi’, lastly witnessed their a lot awaited theatrical launch. Nonetheless, regardless of constructive response from the viewers the present counts of those movies will likely be drastically lower brief as a way to give most house to ‘Pathaan’. Dev’s ‘Projapoti’ which continues to be operating efficiently, even after 50 days of its launch, will even must face the identical destiny.

Tollywood stakeholders elevating their voice for Bengali movies are irked to see how the distributors of ‘Pathaan’ have put a clause for single screens. The distribution home have made it clear that as a way to display screen ‘Pathaan’ the only screens have to provide all of the exhibits to SRK’s movie and that’s what made Bengali filmmakers livid.
Kaushik Ganguly whose movie ‘Kaberi Antardhaan’ launched on January 20 shared with ETimes this distribution mannequin for Hindi massive releases will solely hamper the betterment of Bengali cinema. “I can perceive the strain these single display screen house owners are dealing with. They paid full wage to the staff for the previous two years throughout the pandemic even when there was no movie enterprise. I’ve no grievance in opposition to them. If I used to be of their place possibly I had carried out the identical. However I feel we’d like a correct coverage for movie enterprise mannequin in West Bengal. I do know ‘Kaberi Antardhan’ will endure like different Bengali movies. Single display screen house owners have been instructed no different movies may be performed if they need ‘Pathaan’. The Bengali trade has been affected person on this specific situation for years however now now we have to take a stand. If a Bengali movie which was doing nice enterprise in 40-50 halls immediately faces this harsh therapy in its personal state then now we have to confess that there’s one thing unsuitable,” defined Kaushik whose newest launch starring Prosenjit Chatterjee within the lead has obtained constructive response from the viewers.

When requested concerning the possible answer to this situation, the Nationwide Award-winning director insisted, “We’ve to face united and cease this distribution mannequin. If wanted the federal government has to intervene. Bengali movies must be given no less than 50 per cent exhibits on prime time.

In the meantime, the distribution home of ‘Pathaan’ has claimed that this mannequin for large Hindi releases in nothing new and this has been going for years. Alternatively, the exhibitors in Bengal declare that this can be a strategic enterprise determination and this has nothing to do with hurting Bengali cinema’s curiosity.

Nonetheless, there are exceptions like Navina, Sar Theatre and Ashoka who’ve determined to proceed with ‘Projapoti’ and ‘Dilkhush’ as an alternative of enjoying solely ‘Pathaan’. Prabir Roy, the proprietor of Ashoka cinema corridor says, “These Bengali movies have given us houseful exhibits until Sunday. So why ought to I pull down a Bengali movie which is operating efficiently? I did not suppose it proper and that is why determined to not settle for the phrases ‘Pathaan’ distributors had put in place. Sure, I wised to run the Shah Rukh Khan movie however they will not negotiate exhibits with different Bengali movies. So, I mentioned no to them.”

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