The various film organisations in the state has called for a shut down of theatres from the second of November onwards, in support of their full fledged strike to hike service charges. Interestingly this comes at a time when Mollywood cinema is flourishing as never before, with more than a dozen hits in a year.
The industry will come to a complete standstill unless the demand of a hike in service charges from Rs 2 to Rs 7is met. No shootings will be held and the entire screenings across the state will be stopped.
Film producers association and distributors association who will also line up under the exhibitors federation to meet the hike in service charges also have plans to share the amount that will be collected in excess from the current charges.The distributors and producers will share the two rupees out of the proposed five rupee increase while the three rupees with go to the theaters.
Actor and state Minister K B Ganesh Kumar who has come out against the impending strikes finds this to be a plot by the group who oppose his recent reforms including computerised ticketing procedure and to grade the theatres as per the facilities available.