Thala Ajith’s recently released film ‘Vivegam’ is shattering Box Office recors. Vivegam became the first film to cross the Rs 100 crore club in just four days after GST was implemented. However, It Looks like the joy was short-lived.
The Madras High Court yesterday ordered issue of notices to Tamil Nadu government and 28 cinema theatres on a plea seeking a direction to the authorities to take action for excess charges collected during the first four days of Vivegam. Justice M Duraiswamy gave the order on a petition filed by G Devarajan and directed the Government pleader to file counter affidavit within two weeks.
Devarajan submitted that the theatre owners across Tamil Nadu were collecting excess ticket fares for the movies acted by top stars ignoring the prescribed rates fixed by the government. The judge and posted the matter for further hearing to September 11.
That’s certainly not good news for the film since it has been one of the most highly anticipated movies this year. It beat Rajinikanth’s Kabali and even SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2 at the end of its three day weekend. The film reportedly made Rs 120 crore, thanks to its pre release business deals. GST had already caused havoc in the entertainment industry down south and Vivegam seemed to be at the receiving end now.