KFCC objects to screening of Rajini flick in five-star hotels

KFCC objects to screening of Rajini flick in five-star hotels

KFCC objects to screening of Rajini flick in five-star hotels
The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) has objected to the screening of film ‘Kabali’ in five-star hotels in the city. At an emergency press conference on Tuesday evening, it said those organising the screening had not followed the Karnataka Cinema (Regulation) Act, 1964.

The KFCC’s assertion follows media reports about the screening of Rajinikanth-starrer ‘Kabali’ at JW Marriott, Lalit Ashok, Royal Orchid and Crowne Plaza on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Sa Ra Govindu, president of the KFCC, said, “If they want to screen movies, they should convert Ashok Hotel into Ashok Cinema Hall instead of screening only for three to four days. We have no objection if they follow the rules and get the necessary licence.”

The process of opening a cinema hall is tedious. One has to obtain permission from the deputy commissioner of the district besides No Objection Certificates from the local civic authority, the Town Planning Authority, the Public Works Department, police and the Health Department.

K V Chandrashekhar, a former president of the KFCC, said, “As per our information, the deputy commissioner has not given permission for the screening, and since they (organisers) have not followed the prescribed rules, this is illegal.”

A distributor and former president of the KFCC, Thomas D’souza, said, “Though I have been in the business for close to 40 years, if I don’t have even one of the certificates, the authorities will not renew my licence.”

Govindu was livid, “If that is the case, then one can put up a screen in the Kanteerava Stadium, why have cinema halls?”

The KFCC feared that if hotels and clubs started screening movies, it would severely impact the business of the 650 licensed cinema theatres in the state and multiplexes.

Tulsiram Naidu (Lahari Velu) of Lahari Music, a distributor for the movie along with Rockline Venkatesh in Karnataka, maintained that they were abiding by the law and not doing anything illegal. “We will be paying Rs 50 lakh as entertainment tax. We have sent a letter to the deputy commissioner. We will be meeting him tomorrow (Wednesday). We have registered under the Karnataka Entertainment Tax Act, 1958.”

According to him, they received good response from all quarters and the CEO of ITC has even shown interest in having similar screenings. “We did not expect anyone to take offence. It is not going to harm anyone’s business. The KFCC should be supportive.”

Chandrashekhar, who is also an exhibitor, said they would approach the police commissioner to take action if the screening was held without obtaining the necessary permission.