Now on, of the 112 compulsory Marathi shows that have to be screened in all state multiplexes and movie theatres, 56 slots and timings will be decided by the producer while the rest 56 will be the prerogative of the multiplex owner.
Following huge complaints in the time slots and soaring ticket charges — from Marathi film producers against multiplex owners, the government has intervened to fix the problem.
“The rules for Marathi cinema have been in place from 1968 where Marathi films have to be shown for four weeks in a year, but it has never been followed religiously. If it is not followed, we will not renew their licenses anymore,” said Home Minister R.R. Patil who conducted a meeting of Marathi film producers and distributors on Thursday.
Patil added that often he would get complaints from Marathi film producers that film timings which were odd like an early morning show or mid-afternoon show on a working day.
“We will review the situation after a year until which this rule will have to be followed by all multiplexes,” he said.