TFPC says producers need not submit letter to exhibitors during their film's release

The Tamil Nadu Film Exhibitors Association recently came up with a stringent demand with regard to release of movies on digital avenues. As per their suggestion, producers should give assurance that their movies will not be screened in OTT platforms before 30 days of its theatrical release. This was after Vijay-starrer Master released on a leading OTT avenue after 17 day of its release in movie halls. As Halitha Shameem’s Aelay couldn’t follow the rule, the makers changed its theatre release plans – the movie will now have a direct premiere on television. Veteran filmmaker Bharathirajaa, who heads Tamil Film Active Producers Association, had then issued a statement, condemning the demand from exhibitors as he felt this would hampers a producer’s right to sell his product to digital platform. On Monday, Tamil Film Producer’s Council (TFPC), headed by Murali Ramasamy, came up with a statement, announcing that producers need not submit any letter regarding the same to exhibitors and distributors. The statement has come after a discussion held between TFPC and Tamil Nadu Exhibitors Association on February 17. The statement also added that producers who are asked to submit letter should contact TFPC till another decision is taken on this issue.