Shockingly, Polimer TV, one of the leading television channels in Tamil Nadu, has been caught red-handed while trying to videotape Ilayathalapathy Vijay's Theri from inside a theatre in Coimbatore.
Theatre owner and one of the distributors of the recently released film have caught an employee of the TV channel, trying to capture the whole movie using the channel's camera.
The person, who was caught at Shanthi theatre, has been handed over to cops along with the camera, which had recorded the first 35 minutes of the film.
Speaking at the press meet, film-maker and General Secretary of the Producers Council T Siva, expressed his disgust and shock over Polimer TV's disloyal act.
"We are saddened and shocked to know that 'Theri', a 100 Crore budget film, was being captured by Polimer TV using their official camera at Shanthi theatre on the release day of the film. Many organizations like Producers Council and Nadigar Sangam have decided not to support this particular TV channel anymore," said Siva.
There was also a huge tiff between Siva and a reporter from Polimer TV, who, for a long time, refused to exit the press meet, after having barged into the compound where the meet was held.
As if this news is not shocking enough, many theatres in the Chengalpet area have refused to screen the Vijay starrer, for reasons not yet disclosed.
'Kalaipuli' S Thanu, the producer of Theri, expressed his disappointment over the theatre owners' decision not to release Theri at many places in Chengalpet.
Siva, further went on to add that many producers including KE Gnanavel Raja of Studio Green have decided not to release any of their upcoming movies like Suriya's 24 and S3 in Chengalpet.
Even Rajinikanth's Kabali will not be released in theatres that refused to showcase Theri.
"If need be, we will release our movies in community centers and wedding halls for the sake of Chengalpet people but not in these theatres that did not screen 'Theri'," said Siva.