Vijayawada: For the first time in the history of the Telugu film industry, owners of cinema theatres of Krishna district kept their halls closed for the entire day on Wednesday, cancelling all four shows in single-screen cinema halls and in multiplexes in support of the Samaikyandhra movement.
This is a major departure from earlier instances, when the theatre owners had extended their support to any protest by cancelling only one show. Members of AP Film Chamber of Commerce (APFCC), including district-based distributors and exhibitors, also took out a rally in support of the Samaikyandhra movement.
APFCC honorary secretary R.V. Bhupal Prasad said, “Though the film industry would not incur any major loss due to the division of the state, we took out the rally demanding the Centre roll back its decision on state bifurcation for the sake of Seemandhra regions that would incur major losses if the state is divided.”
Bhupal said that many people who migrated from the district for investing in the film industry and real estate in Hyderabad were feeling insecure after the announcement on division of AP. He opined that Hyderabad should be made a Union Territory so that all the three regions in the state could be benefited equally. Honorary secretary K. Ashok Kumar and others took part in the rally.