Antony Perumbavoor owns one of the most successful production house, Aashirvad Cinemas
Putting an end to all the heated arguments about the release of Marakkar: Arabikkadalinte Simham, producer Antony Perumbavoor confirmed it won’t have a theatrical release. The big-budget Mohanlal starrer is the much-awaited and much-discussed movie in recent times.
In a recent interaction with Onmanorama.com, Antony opened up about the scenario and said that the team had wished for a theatrical release, but the owners were not even ready to discuss it. He also added that the decision about the digital release was taken after discussing the same with Mohanlal and director Priyadarshan.
The producer can’t forget the times when theatre owners helped him. Yet, he stated that many discussions have not taken place, neither the association leaders had called him. He seems to be hurt by the way he was not approached for discussions, which made him wonder what wrong he did to them.
He further revealed that the makers had asked theatre owners for the screening all over Kerala. But out of the 230 theatres they sent the agreement, only eighty had returned the signed one, and that is when Antony understood he didn’t have everyone’s support, he said. “They told me that other movies too would be ready for release by that time”, stated him.
Antony also complained that the theatre owners didn’t contact him when the cinemas were open. He also revealed that he was saddened when he discussed it with Mohanlal, after which the actor inspired for a digital release.
However, the whole situation had led the producer to resign from Film Exhibitors United Organisation of Kerala (FEUOK), where he served as the President.
Meanwhile, Marakkar helmed by Priyadarshan is expected to have a Christmas release in Amazon Prime Video.