Weeks after the Hindi film producers sorted out their differences with the multiplexes regarding the sharing of profits, Marathi film producers have decided to boycott screening films in multiplexes and theatres over the same issue.
The Marathi film producers are planning to boycott screening their films from August 14, demanding a share of the revenue earned by the multiplexes and theatre owners from the films.
The president of Akhil Bharatiya Chittrapat Mahamandal, Ajay Surpotdar, said on Wednesday that though there is boom in the Marathi film industry, the profits do not reach the producers.
The earnings are shared between the actors and theater owners, who charge rent instead of sharing the profits on percentage basis, leaving little or nothing for the producers, Surpotdar alleged.
“Several Marathi film producers are under debt despite the Marathi film industry flourishing,” he said.
Multiplexes do not screen Marathi films or if they do, they do not pass the tax concession to the audience, added Surpotdar.
The producers will meet in Kolhapur on August 8 and 9 and if the theatre owners do not change their attitude by then, they will go forward with the boycott decision, said Surpotdar.
The Marathi film industry has an average yearly turnover of Rs 1.5 crore.