Fanaa to Delhi 6: Revenue sharing drama unfolded

    MUMBAI: Indian multiplexes & producers/distributors have been roiling in controversy since the last three years.

    It began with Yash Raj Films’ Aamir Khan – Kajol starrer Fanaa in 2006. Even as multiplexes bowed down to the demands of the veteran film producer, the next one to follow suit was Vidhu Vinod Chopra who demanded a higher share for Lage Raho Munnabhai.

    Prior to the release of every big and medium sized movie, negotiations would be held and decisions would be reached only on the very eve of the film’s release. Some movies lost out on their Friday release, some didn’t release until Sunday and yet some didn’t release in multiplexes for almost a week. The result — a loss incurred by both parties alike, not to mention the fact that audiences were also deprived of their weekend dose of movies!

    Year-on-year, a handful of movies were victims of this controversy. The issue finally reached its climax with UTV Motion Pictures’ Delhi 6, which was the last nail in the coffin for both producers and multiplxes alike.

    Negotiations went kaput after the release of Delhi 6 in February this year and the film industry is on the brink of coming to a standstill from 4 April onwards. Even four days after both parties came out and washed their dirty linen in public, a decision on the matter is still awaited. While many producers are going ahead with the shooting of their new movies, the greater dilemma lies for the films that are ready for release.

    Over the last three years, has been privy to the developments around this issue. Here, we chart out the path this controversy has taken since 2006.


    Vidhu Vinod Chopra firm on his stand against multiplexes for Lage Raho Munnabhai
    31 August, 2006

    Multiplexes mum on revenue sharing terms for Lage Raho Munnabhai
    31 August, 2006

    Munnabhai multiplex issue resolved
    1 September, 2006

    Lage Raho Munnabhai releases after strenuous conflicts with multiplexes
    2 September, 2006


    Sony, Eros negotiate for equal shows, terms
    19 October, 2007

    Sony & Eros’ multiplex battle continues
    22 October, 2007

    Sony Pictures signs with multiplexes for Saawariya
    03 November, 2007

    Eros, multiplexes resolve OSO share issue
    06 November, 2007

    UTV, multiplexes disagree over Goal’s terms
    19 November, 2007

    Studio 18 eyes OSO revenue share for Welcome
    07 December, 2007

    Multiplexes still stay away from Welcome
    18 December, 2007


    PVR & multiplexes settle on revenue terms
    21 December, 2007

    Multiplexes take a stand on revenue share terms
    22 December, 2007


    Revenue share imbroglio: Jodhaa Akbar no show
    14 February, 2008

    Yash Raj pitches highest ever terms for Aditya Chopra’s film
    1 April, 2008

    Yash Raj & multiplexes resolve Krazzy 4 revenue issue
    08 April, 2008

    All India multiplexes unite for no Tashan play
    24 April, 2008

    YRF, multiplexes settle for all films; Tashan screens 3 May
    03 May, 2008

    Multiplexes halt advance booking for Heroes & Roadside Romeo
    21 October, 2008

    Multiplex & YRF’s Romeo issue resolved; bookings open
    22 October, 2008

    Multiplexes, Heroes issue resolved except for Dhanbad
    23 October, 2008


    Sony Pictures, multiplexes differ on revenue terms for Raaz
    21 January, 2009

    Raaz all India release held up due to Nizam territory terms
    22 January, 2009

    UTV & multiplexes resolve Dev D revenue sharing terms
    05 February, 2009

    Producers’ Guild to meet exhibitors over revenue shares
    05 February, 2009

    Producers, exhibitors hold discussions on revenue shares
    09 February, 2009

    Post Delhi 6 film releases on hold till rev share issue settled
    19 February, 2009

    Revenue sharing imbroglio continues; Delhi 6 latest victim
    19 February, 2009

    Delhi 6 revenue share terms resolved in multiplexes’ favour
    19 February, 2009

    Prod, exhibitors negotiations on; only Tasveer to release
    03 March, 2009

    YRF to release New York on 1 May if rev terms resolved
    06 March, 2009

    Rev share: Producers put forth woes; plexes to do so next
    10 March, 2009

    Exhibitors insist on performance linked revenue share
    17 March, 2009

    ‘If multiplexes kill us, they will definitely die’: Mukesh Bhatt
    17 March, 2009

    Two sides of a coin: Film producer & exhibitor perspective
    19 March, 2009

    The way forward from here on will be one to watch out for.