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Director Mani Ratnam's much-hyped multilingual movie
Raavan in Hindi, Raavanan in Tamil and
Villain in Telugu has finally released with 24 prints for
each version in Karnataka on Friday after the Competition
Commission of India (CCI) restrained the Karnataka Film Chamber of
Commerce (KFCC) from preventing any exhibitor from showing it.
Earlier, Reliance Big Pictures had filed a complaint against the
KFCC at Delhi High Court questioning its norms.
The Delhi High Court had referred the matter to the CCI, which
passed a judgment in favour of Reliance Big Pictures on Thursday
evening. In its interim order, the CCI has restrained the KFCC from
taking any action directly or indirectly to prevent any exhibitor
from showing the Hindi film Raavan and its Tamil version
Raavanan in Karnataka.
The Mani Ratnam film has been made in three different languages
i.e. Raavan in Hindi, Raavanan in Tamil and
Villain in Telugu. The Big Cinemas had asked KFCC to relax
its restriction policy and consider it as three different films and
allow the film boss to release each version in 24 theatres i.e 72.
But KFCC President Basanth Kumar Patil had insisted on allowing
only 24 theatres in the state.
However, the CCI has given its interim order and scheduled next
hearing on this Tuesday. Meanwhile, Basanth Kumar Patil is not
happy with the judgment of the CCI. He is said to be gathering all
the possible evidence to strengthen its case.