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Film & TV producers guild condemn Fanaa boycott

Meanwhile, PVR Cinema COO (programming), Ashish Saxena termed the letter issued by Guild as "premature."

india Updated: May 24, 2006 23:59 IST

The Film and Television Producers Guild of India on Wednesday condemned the decision of multiplex owners in the city to boycott forthcoming movie 'Fanaa' over the issue of more profit margins demanded by Yashraj Films, the producer and distributor of the film.

"On behalf of the guild, we would like to strongly condemn the action of your members to boycott the release of our member Yashraj Films 'Fanaa'," Guild president Amit Khanna said in a release.

"This uncalled for action is against the spirit of free enterprise and amounts to a cartelisation," Khanna said.

In a veiled threat to the multiplex theatre owners, he said, "If your members decided to go ahead with their blockade, we will too have to advise our members to take necessary steps to safeguard their interests."

He further reminded that the producers were the "fountain head" of the film industry and their "confrontationist attitude" would only lead to disquiet in the fraternity.

Meanwhile, PVR Cinema COO (programming), Ashish Saxena termed the letter issued by Guild as "premature" and said "we are still negotiating regarding the actual margin. The negotiations have taken longer time than usual, but we are hopeful of a amicable solution."

He further added that there was still an entire day left before the release date. "Hence the comments by the Guild President in his letter were slightly premature."

First Published: May 24, 2006 23:59 IST