Telugu producers Dil Raju and Ashok Vallabhaneni get into a fight over Rajinikanth's Petta

Ahead of Rajinikanth's Petta release, Telugu producers Dil Raju and Ashok Vallabhaneni have got into a fight. Read to know more.
News,Rajinikanth,Petta,Dil Raju,Ashok VallabhaneniTelugu producers Dil Raju and Ashok Vallabhaneni get into a fight over Rajinikanth's Petta
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After 2.0, Rajinikanth will be seen in Petta, which is all set to hit screens on January 10. The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vijay Sethupathi, Trisha, Simran and Bobby Simhaa. The much awaited Tamil film is also releasing in Telugu. The fans of the superstar can't keep calm and have taken the social media by storm ahead of the film's release. However, the Telugu version of the film is grabbing attention for all the wrong reasons. According to media reports, Telugu distributors are finding difficult to sign theatres to screen Petta as too many films are releasing together tomorrow. 

Petta Telugu distributor Ashok Vallabhaneni and producers Dil Raju, Allu Aravind and UV Creations have got into a fight over the same. A report in India Today says that Ashok lashed out at Dil Raju and other producers for not allocating theatres to Petta. In his speech, Ashok remarked them as ‘theater mafia’. “UV Creations, Allu Aravind and Dil Raju behave as if they were born with theaters. Why are they so afraid to give theaters? If a film is good, the audience will support it. How fair is it to release just one film in hundreds of theaters, while denying screens to good films?” said Ashok. 

Other Petta’s Telugu distributor Prasanna in his speech said, “If a film is good, nobody can stop it. Today the situation is so grave that three or four people are keeping all theaters for their own films. During Pongal, we have enough audience to watch even six or seven movies. But theater mafia is only allowing one or two films in every area." Ashok Vallabhaneni and Prasanna Kumar spoke about the same at the pre-release event of Petta. 

These comments by Ashok and Prasanna have not gone down well with Dil Raju and he has reacted to the same. Ace producer Dil Raju said, “The release date for NTR biopic, Vinaya Vidheya Rama and F2 were announced six months ago. The producers of these three movies and distributors have been struggling to find screens. But, the release date of Petta was announced about a month ago. When we have three big original Telugu films releasing here, how is it possible to allot theaters for a film from the neighbouring state. Earlier, the same producers released Nawab and Sarkar (Telugu version). They released Sarkar in both the Telugu states according to their requirements and now they are making unnecessary statements. We have a situation of allotting no theaters to non-Telugu films for this (festival) season. Last year, I faced losses in film distribution. But I am still doing this because of my passion for movies.”

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