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Sunday, June 17, 2007

The much awaited 'Sivaji' to hit Mangalore next week- Pai

Fans of Tamil cine star Rajnikanth in Mangalore will have to wait for a week more to see his latest flick Sivaji - The Boss, which has been much awaited among cine goers amidst the media hype. A restriction imposed by the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce on the number of prints which could be released for a non-Kannada film has effectively dashed the hopes of his fans here.

According to the rules laid down by the chamber, only 10 prints of non-Kannada film can be released in Karnataka. There will be 52 shows of Sivaji in Bangalore every day in 13 screens, with five prints in circulation there. In addit ion, there will be screening of the film in five other towns in the State including Kolar, Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Davangere and Chitradurga, according to Bangalore based Gokuldas Pai of Pai and Company.

Mr. Pai, who has obtained distribution rights for Sivaji for Dakshina Kannada district from Karnataka territory rights holder H.D. Gangaraju, told over phone from Bangalore that he has sought at least two prints of the mov ie from Mr. Gangaraju.

"I am confident of obtaining at least one print out of the two that I have sought. Besides, I am also making efforts to obtain satellite transmission rights for Sivaji" he said.

"If the satellite transmission rights come through, I will go in for just one print" Mr. Pai said and added that arrangements would be made to screen the same in a leading theatre as well as at Adlabs - the lone multiplex of the city located at Bharat Mall. "We have sounded out the exhibitors at Platinum theatre, who have the facility to download the movies digitally via satellite transmission. But, we have not given them any formal commitment" he said.

For die-hard Rajani fans here, it will be a long wait.

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