Debutant director Ramaraju's Telugu drama Mallela Theeram Lo Sirimalle Puvvu (MTLSP) couldn't have a big release and he says only films that are commercially satisfying will find takers, not a clean film like his. The movie, which released on July 5, managed to find only four to five screens.
On the same day, Telugu dubbed version of Tamil film Singam 2 released in over 50 screens in Andhra Pradesh (AP). The film reportedly minted over Rs 3 crore in the opening weekend in the state. "I'm not against dubbed films being released in AP, but how come a straight Telugu film is not given the due importance. Distributors turned down my film because I made a clean film. They don't want to promote a clean film and instead choose films that are highly commercial," Ramaraju told IANS.
The director added, "Producer and distributors force you to spice up your film with songs, dance and some skin show. Its not like audiences don't want to see good films, but sadly cinema is more or less a business of money. People want to earn profits on their investment and are least bothered about the films being made."
Ramaraju's MTLSP, which released in fewer screens at odd hours, got thumbs up from critics. One of the critics called the film "fresh and dignified". "My film was released in small theatres that are usually flocked by masses. It was being screened at odd hours. My film is a family drama and it needs multiplex audiences to appreciate its creativity, but except one multiplex, rest turned me down," he said.
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