Konkani award winning movie, Paltadacho Munis won laurels at an array of film festivals abroad but it failed to make the cut at home. The director of the film is quite hurt because the biggest multiplex in the state refused to screen the movie.
It is Paltadacho Munis that won the best film – Grand Jury award beating all other Indian entries including mainstream Bollywood movies at the Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles. Not only that, the film got acclaims at the Toronto Film Festival by claiming the Discovery award and went on to get selected to be a nominee at various international film festivals at Cairo, Hong Kong, Berlin, Palm Springs, and Istanbul.
The film’s director claimed that Inox asked him for 70 % of the ticket earnings for slotting the movie and that such a huge amount was not feasible to be doled out to the multiplex. He claimed that he offered 50% but Inox was doubtful that such regional movies might not click at the box office despite all the recognition and honours that the movie could garner around the globe.
Inox on the other side of the coin refuted the allegations about 70% revenues and said that the movie could not be screened because of non-availability of slots. Inox screened a Konkani film Jaagor also last month for 25 days.