T Rajendar on Darbar loss row: We are ready to face AR Murugadoss in the court
Film Distributors Association President T Rajendar and Secretary Mannan met the press today
Film Distributors Association President T Rajendar and Secretary Mannan met the press at the former's residence this evening to register their stand in the Darbar loss issue. A furious T Rajendar began his speech with questions directed at director AR Murugadoss, who had sought police protection from the distributors. "The distributors wanted to meet him just to have a conversation and seek justice. Did they try to rob or attack him? As a senior filmmaker, I am extremely saddened by the recent behaviour of Murugadoss. His paycheck has become heavy over the years because of the efforts of the distributors. It is shameful that he isn't even ready to face them."
TR then accepted the fact that Darbar was not released on a minimum guarantee basis and Lyca Productions cannot be sued for the loss. "Since Darbar was not a minimum guarantee release, distributors cannot ask for compensations legally. What they are fighting for is moral justice. Isn't it unfair to turn your back on the distributors who bought your film for an exceptionally high price? When our members reached out to Lyca, they said the film is a loss for them too and they aren't in a position to pay compensations." TR revealed that the agreement copies have not reached the distributors even after a month of the film's release. "Usually, the agreements reach the hands of the distributors at least a day ahead of a film's release. But, Lyca hasn't given any of us the copies, citing trivial reasons."
T Rajendar concluded his speech saying that the council is ready to deal with Murugadoss legally to sort out the issue. "The innocent distributors don't deserve such harsh treatment. If he chooses to file such baseless complaints on our members, we are ready to face him in court. It is his poor planning and the needlessly high salary of the actors and technicians that made Darbar a flop. The odd pre-festival release date just added fuel to the flame."