Suresh Krishnamoorthy

HYDERABAD: The Telugu film industry has lost over Rs. 30 crore since November 29 following the political developments across all the three regions, which have begun hampering the production and exhibition sectors.

While the exact estimates are unavailable, given the size of the industry, the number of films being made and released every year and the fact that almost every film requires crores of rupees borrowed at high interest rates, there are certain clear examples that indicate the loss.

Huge loss

According to the Producers Council Secretary T. Prasanna Kumar, the film ‘Arya-2’ starring Allu Arjun alone lost about Rs. 3 crore because theatres across the Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana regions were not allowed to screen the film. The suspense-thriller ‘Amaravathi’ lost Rs. 70 lakh across the State. In the State capital alone, the 10 shows that did not take place led to a loss of Rs. 30 lakh. The Priyamani and Jagapati Babu-starrer ‘Pravarakhyudu’ lost Rs. 50 lakh.

Throughout Anantapur district, between December 9 and December 23, only a half-a-dozen shows were screened, said K. Ramasubba Reddy, vice-president, Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce from Anantapur.

The geographical division into districts apart, the State has two major distribution districts called Nizam and Ceded districts.

The former covers all the 10 Telangana districts, including Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy, while the four Rayalaseema districts comprise the latter. Guntur and Prakasam are considered one film district, as also Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam.

These apart, Krishna, Nellore, East and West Godavari are called separate districts in the industry.

Losses due to non-screening apart, two big budget films did not release as per schedule. They include ‘Adurs’ with NTR Jr. in the lead and Sekhar Kammula’s ‘Leader’ with debutant hero Rana Daggubati.

Protection assured

Meanwhile, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah directed the Director General of Police to take necessary measures to prevent attacks on film production units in the city.

He reviewed the law and order situation with Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy and DGP Girish Kumar here on Friday.

The Home Minister told media persons that in the wake of series of attacks on film production units and following representations from Movie Artistes Association, Film Chamber of Commerce and other industry representatives, the Director General of Police was asked to convene a meeting with them and address their concerns.