Rekha Thapa has announced that her upcoming movie ‘Rudra Priya’ will release at the theatre and a TV station on the same day – on Kartik 2. In an announcement program held on October 9, 2017 Rekha Thapa told made the announcement. Rekha told, “I have viewers not only in the cities but also remote places in Nepal. There are no film halls in remote areas. For the viewers who don’t have film theatres near their homes, I have asked the viewers to watch the movie in TV.” She had also asked the viewers who live in places near theatres to go to the theatre to watch it.
‘Rudra Priya’ is not the first movie that is planning to release in TV and in theatre simultaneously. In Fulpati, ‘Mero Paisa Khoi’ was also released in Dish Home TV. But, the organization of theatre owners have protested the decision of the film producers to release them in TV at the same time as the film theatres.
Theatre owners protest
After the TV station Dish Home purchase the TV rights of new movies to release on the same day as the release in theatre, the theatre owners have started to worry. They have made a decision not to let the producers release their movies in TVs. In a meeting held by the Nepal Chalchitra Sangh a decision was made to stop film producers to release the movies in TV.
After the decision, Pradeep Kumar Uday told reporters, “If the trend continues, Nepali films will be in loss. The TV release of Hindi movies and other foreign films are delayed by weeks.” He told that the new trend is counterproductive at the time when Nepali viewers have just returned to film halls to watch Nepali movies.
According to the decision by the Sangh, Nepali movies should wait at least three weeks before releasing in TV. If the producers decide to release the movies in TV, no film hall will release the movies in them.
It is to be seen if Rekha Thapa decides to follow the Sangh’s directive and stop the TV release or not.