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The Cine Exhibitors Federation (CEF), an organization of 'A' class theatres in Kerala, whose members usually release big budget star films without taking any advance for the privilege of releasing these films exclusively in their theatres, has decided to promote low budget films.
The unusual decision came as a move against the producers of Kurukshetra and Maya Bazaar, both big budget and star oriented films, who decided to release their films in 80 centres including B class theatres during Ramzan, thereby ignoring CEF"s notice to release the film in 48 centres in the state.
Kerala Film Exhibitors Federation President M. Mohammed Ansar announced the decision in a press conference at Kozhikode on Wednesday.
Earlier, the association, consisting of 48 theatre owners, had demanded that the producers restrict the number of releasing centres to only 48 in the state. CEF also gave a letter to Santhosh Damor, producer of Mohanlal starrer Kurukshetra, urging him to obtain a 'No Objection Certificate' from the Federation if he wants to release the movie in more 48 centres.
Meanwhile, the Film Producers Association said that they welcome CEF's decision to fund low budget films if their motive is genuine. Mammootty's Maya Bazaar and Mohanlal's Kurukshetra are the major films scheduled for Ramzan.