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No show in Gujurats multiplexes will affect business

Thursday, May 25, 2006 

Mumbai (UNI): With the Aamir Khan starrer Fanaa tasting trouble following ban in Gujarat and resentment of the multiplex owners to offer more commission to the production company, director Kunal Kohli fears that this will affect his film's business. Kohli told UNI that, ''If Fanaa is not released in multiplexes, it will affect business.'' The film is slated to be released nationwide on this Friday.

However, while defending the movie production company Yashraj Film's demand for ''better'' commission on the movie from multiplexes, he said, ''But more than business, it is a matter of principle about the product that we are offering. We are not asking for more. Usually, in the multiplexes, they give 50 per cent commission in the first week, 40 per cent in the second week and 30 percent in the third week. We are just asking a little more than that.'' ''Talks are on and there is still hope that Fanaa will be released in multiplexes and we will try and resolve the issue. Yashraj films never asked for any money,'' Kohli added.

However, when contacted, Yashraj Films spokesperson denied any controversy over the issue and said ''there is no problem at all.'' Meanwhile, trade analyst Pappu Shah said ''We can't say anything till the meeting (of the multiplexes association) gets over. Let us see till evening, we might have some results.'' Cinema hall Maratha Mandir and Gaiety theatre owner Manoj Desai said, ''I was not present at the meeting, but, according to rumours, the Yashraj Films has asked the multiplex owners to keep the movie ticket rates from Rs 250 to Rs 300, which the latter have reportedly refused. My theatre Gaiety has the lowest rates from Rs 35 to Rs 55 and Maratha Mandir has Rs 40 to Rs 50. The business ill be affected in view of this controversy.'' Incidentally, Fanaa is being anxiously awaited by movie buffs and has raised curiosity with Aamir Khan and Kajol being paired together for the first time. Moreso, people are expecting Aamir to deliver a hit, particularly since his last movie Rang De Basanti turned out to be a blockbuster.

Meanwhile, the film, directed by Hum Tum fame director Kunal Kohli, has been extensively shot in Kashmir, Delhi and Poland, and apart from Aamir and Kajol boasts of a huge star cast, including Rishi Kapoor, Tabu, Kirron Kher, Shiney Ahuja, Gautami Kapoor and Lara Dutta.

The film has already been banned by the BJP in Gujarat following Aamir's comments on the Narmada Bachao Andolan.

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