Fans in Tamil Nadu had been waiting in great anticipation to watch Bejoy Nambiar‘s bilingual directorial venture (Tamil and Malayalam) starring Dulquer Salmaan that released today. However, what may come as a huge shock to them is that the film will be pulled out of the theaters on Friday ie. tomorrow in line with Producers’ Council decision to hold off new releases protesting against the government’s double taxation. Needless to say, Bejoy among many other filmmakers whose films are due to release this week, are disappointed with this unforeseen development.
In a statement released on his Twitter page, Bejoy said, “It’s with a broken heart I am saying this. Despite our valiant efforts, we won’t be able to stop #Solo Tamil being pulled out of theaters in TN from the 6th because of the strike. The option we had was to not release domestically and let only the international version play out. This was unacceptable to me & my producing partner.” (ALSO READ:Solo Songs: You’ll Fall In Love With Dulquer Salmaan And Neha Sharma’s Film’s Music Album)
The enthusiasm of moviegoers in Tamil Nadu was reportedly affected by the change in film ticket prices that happened due to the implementation of GST. The government’s decision to impose 20 per cent and 10 per cent local body tax on non-Tamil and Tamil films respectively didn’t go down well with members of the film industry which includes theatre owners, film producers and multiplex chains and were thus not ready to accept it. After all, it is added to the 28 per cent GST on cinema tickets. In the statement, Bejoy further added, “Our faith & conviction in our film is immense & I am deeply grateful for everyone who has stuck by us. Let’s just hope & pray the strike gets resolved at the earliest. Tomorrow Let’s All Go Solo.”
Helmed by Bejoy and bankrolled by Refex Entertainment and Get Away Films, Solo is an anthology of movies which will have Dulquer play four different roles. The Tamil-Malayalam film will also star Neha Sharam, Sruthi Hariharan, Sai Dhansika and Arthi Venkatesh as female leads. The movie spins around four elements: earth, wind, fire and water.