‘Raavan’ row refuses to die down

The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) has dragged the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to court for asking it to allow Mani Ratnam’s ‘Raavan’ to be exhibited in Karnataka without any restriction.

The chamber said that it had entered into an agreement several months ago with the producers of ’Raavan’ that the film would be released in only 24 theatres in one of the three distribution areas in Karnataka, including Mysore region.

Citing this, the KFCC questioned the legality and validity of the commission’s order in asking it to allow ‘Raavan’ to be exhibited in Karnataka without any restriction. It may be recalled that the chamber earlier crossed swords with Reliance Big Cinemas Ltd over the same issue.

The chamber said that as per its policy, there are restrictions to allow exhibition of non-Kannada films in theatres in the State. However, Big Cinemas allegedly flouted the agreement and decided to release the film in more than 24 cinema halls.

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