Chennai | Even after the raid conducted by Income Tax Department, the moovie ‘Puli’ hits the Kollywood. For the second successive day, the Income-Tax officials raided the residential and office premises of popular Kollywood actor for alleged tax evasion, even as his new film ‘Puli’ faced last minute hurdled, before it hit the screens around noon.
Even as the The Income Tax (IT) raids continued at the premises of him and others for the second day, the film which was slated to hit the screens today, faced hurdles.Two special screenings one scheduled at early in the morning and the other at 08:30 hours of the movie were cancelled due to financial issues, and angry fans of the actor took to the streets in various parts of the State. There were also reports of fans stoning some government buses.
Sources in the ‘Puli’ unit said since the producers were stuck in the IT raids and could not pay for UFO and Qube for digital screening of the film in cinema halls just a day before its release, the movie could not be released as scheduled. Since last night, deliberations were on at Prasad and Gemini Labs in the city in which top honchos of the industry took part and discussed ways and means to sort out the issue.
No sooner the amount was deposited, the KDMs and keys for digital screening were opened. It was officially announced that all cinema halls would start screening from today noon bringing cheer to Vijay fans across the State.
Early in the morning, there was a mad rush in theatres where the shows were cancelled and the ticket fare was refunded. Security was tightened at the theatres and policemen were deployed in large numbers. In many places, irate fans staged road roko and even hurled stones at buses. Fans in Madurai raised slogans and hit the streets. At Krishnagiri, they entered into an argument with policemen. At a few places in Salem, they sat in front of cinema halls and shouted slogans.
At Kasi theatre in Chennai, a wordy duel broke out between Vijay fans and the policemen. Meanwhile, the IT raids continued for the second day today following complaints of tax evasion and the nature of funding for the film.’Puli’ was reportedly made at a cost of Rs 118 crore.