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Madras High Court stayed the release of ‘Kaali’

Vijay Antony starring ‘Kaali’ has got an unexpected blow, when Madras High Court stayed the release of the movie. All set to hit big screens, the stay order from the apex court, has prompted makers of ‘Kaali’ from backing off from their decision. The interim order was pronounced, over a petition filed by William Alexander, the proprietor of ‘Picture Box Company’. Filed against Fathima, the proprietor of ‘Vijay Antony Pictures’, the complaint stated that the former had incurred losses during their partnerships with an earlier project of the actor. It is Vijay Antony’s 2017 project ‘Annadurai’, which is subject to the dispute between the two parties. Back then, it was Alexander, who had distributed the movie and met with financial loss.

Directed by Srinivasan G, the movie ‘Annadurai’ had fetched a reasonably high price in terms of distribution rights. Upon release, the movie met with mixed to below average reviews, and hadn’t given a fruitful result for the distributors. That said, Alexander’s complaint states that ‘Vijay Antony Pictures’ had failed to show a preview of ‘Annadurai’ for them. The complaint further claims that, back then, Vijay Antony had assured them of compensating with his next project ‘Kaali’. As per the complaint filed by Alexander, he had even paid INR 50 lakh towards the rights of the movie ‘Kaali’. The distribution team has maintained that the director had moved on from his promises and requested the Court to direct Vijay Antony for paying adequate compensation to them.

Going in line with Alexander, the ‘Vijay Antony Pictures’ should pay an amount of close to 4.75 Cr for them, in order to meet the loss happened with ‘Annadurai. It was based on the complaint, which the Madras HC produced an interim order staying the release of ‘Kaali’. Directed by Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi, the movie will see Vijay Antony essaying a double role. With the current situation not being conducive enough to offer a prosperous box office performance, it has to be seen how ‘Kaali’ is going to manage these tough times.

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