AR Murugadoss seeks police protection from Darbar distributors

Hyderabad: Distributors of Rajinikanth starrer `Darbar’ have threatened to go on hunger strike against the film producers for not coming to their rescue after they incurred huge losses.

Distributors said they would go on a hunger strike at Valluvar-Kottam in Chennai if superstar Rajinikanth and filmmaker AR Murugadoss do not meet them soon.

For Murugadoss, it is a double whammy. On the one hand, many cine buffs criticized `Darbar’ for not being entertaining and on the other, distributors, who bought the film at exorbitant prices, are furious against the team.

Darbar, produced by Lyca Productions, has not earned profits and the distributors seem to be the most affected among the lot. Sources said distributors had approached Lyca Productions for help, but they were told that they too have incurred losses.

Later the distributors tried to meet Rajinikanth and director AR Murugadoss seeking compensation. But all attempts to meet Thalaivar at his residence in Poes Garden, Chennai ended up in vain. Later they tried to meet Rajini and AR Murugadoss together, but that too didn’t happen.

In the past, superstar Rajinikanth had met distributors and even compensated for their losses. Coming to Darbar, he has been maintaining a stoic silence on the issue.

Darbar, directed by AR Murugadoss follows the story of cop Aaditya Arunasalam who tries to bust a drug racket in Mumbai. While doing so, his daughter is killed. He later embarks on a mission to avenge her death. The film boasts an ensemble star cast including Nayanthara, Suneil Shetty, Prateik Babbar, Nivetha Thomas and Yogi Babu.

Pranita Jonnalagedda

A features journalist who started writing because of her love for newspapers, Pranita Jonnalagedda is now exploring the digital space where she writes extensively on Telugu cinema. After fulfilling a childhood dream of working in the newspapers with brief stints in The Times of India and The Deccan Chronicle, Pranita is now a freelancing journalist who has contributed to several leading news portals like Film Companion, The News Minute, DNA, Telugu 360 and The Hans India among several others. Exploring her joint love for films and writing, she covers cinema in a holistic style and covers all the related trends, news, and fashion developments. An alumnus of Osmania University College of Arts and Social Sciences from where she pursued her Post Graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism, she is travel blogging when she isn't writing.

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