Big Pictures and Madras Talkies have sold off the overseas theatrical rights of their magnum opus Raavanan to the London based Karunamoorthy of Ayngaran International.
The film is rumoured to have gone for a record prize (6C +), as Mani Ratnam is King in the overseas market, especially after his pro-LTTE film Kannathil Muthamittal.
Ayngaran International, the pioneers in overseas Tamil film trade and the market leaders is planning to release it more number of screens than Rajinikanth’s Sivaji.
The Sri Lankan Tamils who form the majority of the Tamil film viewers like Mani sir and his films. They have also appreciated his stand of not screening or allowing his artists (read Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai) to take part in IIFA in Colombo.
In the overseas market the Hindi Raavan distributed directly by Reliance Big Pictures and the Tamil Raavanan are fighting among themselves for theatres.
Mani Ratnam’s film is sandwiched between two big Hollywood summer releases Jackie Chan’s Karate Kid releasing on June 11 and Toy Story 3 on June 18. Already theatre listings have come for the Hindi Raavan.