For the so called 17% slashing of Virtual Print Fee (VPN) rates, exhibitors, distributors and producers of AP, Telangana, Kerala and Karnataka have withdrawn their 'bandh' call, but it looks like Tamilnadu folks are not in a mood to agree to that. From March 16th, Tamilnadu theatres are going for a total shutdown until and unless Digital Service Providers announce a timeline to scrap VPF permanently and slash rates drastically for the now.
Not restricted to just this issue, Tamilnadu theatre owners are also demanding the TN state government to scrap the Local Body Entertainment Tax (LBET) as well. In case if Tamil folks go stronger with their bandh call, then definitely the release of Superstar Rajni's Kaala will get affected big way and there is no way than to postpone the release as they can't go ahead with the release in other languages without releasing Tamil version.
Coming to Tollywood, we have Bharat Anu Nenu set for April 20th release, Kaala hitting cinemas on April 26th and Naa Peru Surya will dazzle from May 4th. If Kaala postpones the release indefinitely, it will be fine, but if it gets delayed by a week, then the film has to take on Allu Arjun's movie. What is the scenario be like if Kaala clashes with Surya?
For now there is no plan, however, most theatres have made agreements with the producers of NPS paving way for the film's biggest release on May 4th. So we have to say that Bharat Anu Nenu will have fantastic two-week run, then some other films could come forward and cash on 20th, and NPS comes as usual on May 4th.
In this situation, definitely, Rajnikanth also wants a solo date to register humongous opening day numbers. So let us see what happens in case of extended bandh and if Kaala has to change the release plans.