The Tamil Nadu Theater Owner's Association
met today morning at Teynampet. The meeting
was chaired by President Annamalai and attended
by all important office bearers like secretary
Paneerselvam and treasurer Pazhaniappan.
The meeting started with the official condolences
of the demise of the former Indian president
R. Venkatraman, the former Prime Minister
V.P. Singh and the veteran actor Nagesh.
The meeting also congratulated A.R. Rahman
on his Golden Globe victory and Oscar nominations.
A resolution was passed condemning the death
of innocent Tamilians in Sri Lanka.
The main motion of the meeting was however
with regard to usual business matters. The
theater owners have said that they are not
responsible for the rise in ticket rates.
It is the rise in production costs of movies
that has necessitated such a step. They
said that more than the production costs,
it is the demand of minimum guarantee payment
by the distributors that is forcing them
to raise prices.
Citing a recent example, they said that
this Pongal, Villu had been bought on an
MG basis and the relative poor performance
of the film had incurred them heavy losses.
Padikathavan's performance however was on
the more satisfactory side.
The demand that they put forth was to scrap
all MG payments and share the risk associated
with film on an equal basis and share the
profits on a percentage basis. The producers
and distributors have to be ready for a