STR’s eagerly awaited Dharani directed Osthi, release on December 8 has run into trouble. There has been a big buzz around the film a remake of Salman Khan’s smash hit Dabangg.
The Tamil Nadu Film Exhibitors Association (TFEA) has put a red card on Osthi, which is to be marketed by Reliance Entertainment. The producers of the film has sold the satellite rights of the film to Sun TV, which is facing the heat from TFEA over unpaid dues it owes the theatre association.
About a month back, TFEA took a decision to boycott Sun Network, as the group did not return the caution deposit amounting to Rs 2.4 Crore taken from various theatre owners for their earlier films. At that time they made it clear that films for which Sun TV has taken satellite rights will be banned if their money is not returned.
Meanwhile Reliance Entertainment had sold Osthi satellite rights to Sun TV. However when they went out into the market to make theatre bookings TFEA stepped in and refused to give them playing time. Now Reliance has threatened to terminate the satellite rights agreement with Sun TV.
The ball is in Sun TV’s court as they will have to pay the outstanding amount to TFEA if they have to retain Osthi television rights. Reliance will wait till Friday (Dec 2)evening, otherwise they will cancel the TV rights and go ahead with the release on December 8 with the support of TFEA.