Kerala film industry's crisis ends: Exhibitors call off strike

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had suggested that the Kerala Film Exhibitors Federation should withdraw the strike

Kerala film industry

The Kerala Film Exhibitors Federation, a combine of A class cinemas in the state, has called off its strike demanding a higher revenue share in the first week of release.

Federation president PV Basheer Ahamed on Saturday said the decision was taken based on the stance taken by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan that the organisation should withdraw the strike and attend the talks being convened by the government on January 25 to sort out various issues in the industry, as reported by

The Hindu.

We would start releasing movies from Saturday, he said.

In his Facebook post, Vijayan had said the unilateral stand of the Exhibitors' Federation  stood as the hurdle for ending the stalemate in the sector, and not the government's attitude. "The government stand was that it was not proper for exhibitors to go on strike unilaterally. But, the federation went ahead with its strike plan ignoring the government approach," Vijayan had said. "They should call off the strike first," he added.

A day earlier, noted Malayalam actor-producer Dileep had announced to form a parallel association of theatre owners in the state to find a solution to the issue.

A total of 350 cinemas in Kerala remained closed for nearly one month as part of the federation's call for a strike.