Owners of A-class theatres in Kerala have come up against the wide releases of Malayalam films.
Film analysts speculate that the decision made by the theatre owners might be affecting the Onam releases.
Meanwhile, producers, distributors and other theatre owners have demanded the wide release of the films.
"The theatre owners have made their decision after the Film exhibitors' meeting. This has led to the uncertainties regarding the Onam releases. The owners have decided not to compromise on the wide releases and even opined to protest by closing down the theatres," reported Manorama Online.
Previously, Kerala Film Exhibitors had protested against the government's decision to increase the number of theatres for wide releases. This had also created a lot of issues between them and the associations of producers and distributors.
The new demand by the section of theatre owners came as a blow to many movie goers in the state.
"This is unfair for film fans like me. It is not possible for everyone to go to A-class theatres and watch the films. What is important here is to make films available for everybody to watch. People come to theatres to watch the film, not the theatre," a disheartened fan told IBTimes, India Edition.
Meanwhile, a section of fans also believes that good theatres are essential to experience a good film.
"I think it is important to restrict the wide release of the films. The quality of the film differs in each theatre. I believe watching a film is an experience. If all the films are released in all kinds of theatres, why would one make a film with better sound quality or visual quality? Then we will always experience low technical quality films, even if the makers use the best technologies possible," said another film enthusiast.
Apart from the already released films like Mohanlal's "Peruchazhi" and Mammooty's "Munnariyippu", fans are now eagerly waiting for the latter's "Rajadhi Raja", Dileep's "Villai Veeran", "Sapthamashree Thaskaraha" starring Prithviraj and Asif Ali and "Bhaiyya Bhaiyya" starring Kunchacko Boban and Biju Menon, which are going to affect if the A-class theatres owners are stern with their new decision.