Theatre owners upset with Telugu Producers choosing OTT release

Theatre owners in Hyderabad banded together to protest against Telugu film producers resorting to OTT release. The theatre owners expressed their discontent with Suresh Productions for taking the same route.

The theatre business is one of the worst affected sectors due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The two waves of the ongoing pandemic have forced the theatre owners in Hyderabad to raise their voices against the OTT release of upcoming films.

A protest organised by Telangana Film Chamber Of Commerce (TFCC) saw a large gathering of theatre owners who slammed the producers for preferring their own self-interest instead of the survival of the entire film industry. Some of the members also said that they will add a clause in a contract with the producers for a sufficient time gap between theatrical release and digital release.

TFCC Secretary Suneil Narang requested the film producers to wait till October before proceeding with a direct OTT release. He said: “Why do you think we are trying to keep the theatre business alive despite all the problems? It is because of our passion for cinema. And it will get killed. So please understand and support us.” 

The theatre owners are vexed with Suresh Productions who are taking the OTT route for their upcoming projects, Narappa and Drushyam 2 starring Venkatesh. The production house has not yet responded to the protest and the opinions shared by the theatre owners.

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