Although theatres have begun functioning as usual, fans and film buffs in the state are still in a state of disappointment as no new films will be released.
Theatre owners in Tamil Nadu withdraw strike
Chennai - 23 Mar 2018 18:00 IST
Theatres across Tamil Nadu began screening films from today following the decision of the Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners and Distributors Association to withdraw a strike they had called for on 16 March to put pressure on the government to meet their demands.
Their demands included complete withdrawal of the Local Entertainment Tax, which has been imposed over and above the GST, and permission to renew theatre licences once in three years as against the current format of having to renew it on an annual basis.
Talking to reporters, Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners and Distributors Association president Abirami Ramanathan said that the members of the association were withdrawing the strike as during the talks with the government, they had been assured that their demands would be met.
It may be recalled that theatres and multiplexes in Chennai had chosen not to participate in this strike.
Although theatres have begun functioning as usual, fans and film buffs in the state are still in a state of disappointment as no new films will be released because of the Tamil Film Producer Council's decision not to release any films until their dispute with the Digital Service Providers (DSPs) over the Virtual Print Fee (VPF) is resolved.