Finally, Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) has suspended the Telugu movie Magadheera distributor in Karnataka, Vijayakumar after the Kannada Film Producers Association (KFPA) insisted to take strict action against him. Earlier, KFPA has raised its voice against the release of non-Kannada movies.
The KFPA started a protest against the release of non-Kannada movies after the immediate release of Telugu movie Magadheera in Karnataka. It urged the KFCC to suspend distributor Vijayakumar from his membership for violating its rules being a member of KFCC. It had even threatened KFCC to start a protest march in public if it did not take necessary step.
Dr. Jayamala, the president of the KFCC, held an urgent meeting with the members of KFCC. The Chamber finally decided to suspend Vijayakumar from the membership of KFCC. Meanwhile, the KFPA submitted its list of seven demands regarding the distribution of the non-Kannada films in Karnataka. However, Vijayakumar was not available to comment on the development.
Being a member of KFCC, Vijayakumar has violated the rules of the KFCC. According to the rules, a non-Kannada film should be released in 17 theatres in Bangalore and in 4 theatres through the state. The film should be released after seven weeks after its release.
But Magadheera distributor Vijayakumar has violated all these rules. First of all he has released the movie Magadheera immediately after its release in Andra Pradesh. Secondly, he has released it in 51 theatres instead of 21 theatres, which is the rule of KFCC.
However, Vijayakumar has bought the distribution rights of Magadheera for Rs. 1.5 crore, but he has nearly earned Rs. 4 crore within its release of first week.