The fans of Ajith, Vijay, Rajinikanth, and Kamal Haasan are disappointed as no film of their favourite stars will be released this year.
The Tamil Film Producer Council (TFPC) has imposed restrictions on their movies, allowing them to release only on 10 days in a calendar year. The decision by the TFPC allows movies of Ajith, Vijay, Rajinikanth, and Kamal Haasan to be released only on Pongal, Republic Day, Tamil New Year Day, May Day, Ganesh Chathurthi, Independence Day, Diwali, Vijayadasami, Ramzan, and Christmas.
According to the latest rule, any movie made with the budget of ₹15 crore or above will have to release on the aforementioned ten predetermined holidays. This decision has been taken keeping the interest of small-budget films in mind.
Kollywood has produced over 200 films in the last few years and around 85 percent of the films have failed to make an impact at the box office. This development has acted as a wakeup call for small producers, who have struggled to release their film in theatres. Adding to this, TV channels did not show any interest either in buying satellite rights of low-budget films of budding stars.
The small producers, who were thinking to recover some investment by selling TV rights, lost their last source of income after Television channels refused to buy most of the films.
However, the latest decision might affect the A-list stars, but middle-level heroes will benefit big time as there are chances of producers spending above ₹15 crore and hiding the original budget.
"Mid level heroes will be at an advantage If they get a clash-free release and so producers may well keep some expenses off the books to achieve this sub-15 crore margin. That is why we raised this point in the meeting and insisted that an accounting scrutiny committee is present to ensure that such malpractices do nort creep in," a member of the council said, according to the Indian Express.