Producer-actor RK Suresh claims he offered Rs5 lakh to Kathiravanin Kodai Mazhai team

In a complaint to the Tamil Film Producers' Council, director Kathiravan had alleged that RK Suresh had not given any share of the earnings from the film's re-release. 

RK Suresh

Manigandan KR

Well known producer, distributor and actor RK Suresh, who produced Dharmadurai, starring Vijay Sethupathi, has hit back at the makers of Kathiravanin Kodai Mazhai, who had lodged a complaint against him with the Tamil Film Producers' Council. 

Kathiravanin Kodai Mazhai was first released in March 2016 but failed to get any attention. The film was later re-released by RK Suresh in October as a new version that had lyrics by Vairamuthu. In the complaint, director Kathiravan had alleged that RK Suresh had not given the film's original team any share from the earnings of the re-release. 

R K Suresh has, however, claimed that the film's team had pleaded him to arrange for it to be re-released. "Kathiravan had directed this film Kathiravanin Kodai Mazhai. There was very limited response to the film when it first released. Therefore, the team requested me to re-release the film a second time. They pleaded with me to have it re-released and we therefore agreed and got it re-released. We were unable to get the film released in big multiplexes as per their expectations and helped them get some theatres."

He further stated that the collections of the re-release weren't great and the team was offered a sum of Rs5 lakh. 

"However, they have alleged that I have not paid them anything. I have their accounts with me still. I offered them the money. It is they who refused to take it. Am I responsible for it? Whatever it is, they must have looked to resolve it through the producers' council. Instead of that, they chose to put out reports against me in the media. This is against the laws of the council. Not just that, these allegations that they have levelled against me are defamatory in nature and I will be compelled to initiate legal action against them, if they continue to indulge in such activities," the producer said.