No new movies in South India will release because of the strike called by the film producers to protest against the Virtual Print Fee (VPF) levied by Digital Service Providers (DSPs).
To compensate for the losses, some of the theatre owners have decided to screen old movies like Vijay’s Mersal, Vijay Sethupathi-starrer Vikram Vedha, Ajith’s Vedalam, Siddharth’s Aval, and the 1969 MGR classic Adimai Penn and even the Hollywood movie Titanic.
Though the strike is on, Kannada and Malayalam films that have been cleared by the censor board will release in the two states, it’s a complete shutdown in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, while in Tamil Nadu, Dharavi has released for now and all the cinema theatres will continue to operate.
The strike wouldn’t affect production and shooting of movies, and would only stall new releases. However, this applies to only regional movies, Hindi and English movies will release as per schedule.
Where to catch these films in Chennai:
Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya: Luxe Cinemas, Velachery Phoenix Mall
Vedalam: Maharani Theater, Old Washermanpet
Vikram Vedha: SRK Theater, Chengalpet
Meesaya Murukku: Luxe Cinemas, Velachery
Coco: PVR – Ampa Skywalk Mall, Aminjikarai