Home Minister RR Patil has emerged peacemaker between the growing issue of Marathi movie producers and multiplex owners, and has been seen batting for the Marathi cause.
“We have made it clear that if multiplex owners do not screen 112 Marathi movie shows after 12 pm annually their licences will not be renewed. Also, all new multiplexes will need to keep a screen dedicated to Marathi films,” the state home minister said.
Patil had arranged for a meeting of members of the All India Marathi Movies Association and the Cinema Owners and Executors association at Mantralaya, on Tuesday.
The move came after multiplex owners, in the past week, received flak from Shiv Sena and MNS for not showing Marathi films.
A similar complaint was made by the Marathi film industry, which said Marathi movies were not being given their due.
“Of the 27 multiplexes in Mumbai, reports show that three have screened very few Marathi shows till date — Fame Andheri, Inox Nariman Point and Metro Big Cinemas. We have told them to meet the target,” Patil said.
A special committee has also been appointed comprising five members each from the producer’s side and multiplex owners.
It will act as ombudsmen to sort issues between the two.
The committee is framing a mechanism whereby issues of reducing ticket prices and charges to be paid to government will be considered.
“As far as security goes, we will support all those who abide by the law and those indulging in damaging property will have to pay damages,” he said.
To deal with issues of video piracy, the state home department has also set up a police cell that will take action against anyone found using pirated videos, Patil added.