Actor Rajinikanth has refunded 33% of the Rs. 33-crore reportedly incurred by distributors and exhibitors of his recent release, Lingaa. Sources near to the actor said that Rajinikanth chose to pay Rs. 10 crores ‘on a compassionate premise’s to the distributors and exhibitors, who have been requesting a full refund and had debilitated an ‘begging protest’ before his habitation in Poes Garden.
After the declaration, it is learnt that the distributors have dropped the thought. While the first request was Rs. 33 crore, sources near to the performer say he felt Rs. 10 crore was a considerable lot. A distributor conceded that they are “unhappy” with the actor’s choice to reimburse one and only third of the cash, yet said that they have no other go. “A businessperson can plan and calculate a loss of 20-30%, yet for this situation, we have lost our whole speculation. We expected that Rajinikanth would refund a significant sum, yet it has not happened,” he said.
Actor Sarath Kumar, who has been involved in the transactions between Rajinikanth, the film’s maker Rockline Venkatesh and distributors, made it pass that Rajinikanth had paid back a part of the losses simply on humane grounds. “It has been made clear that he (Rajinikanth) has no commitment to repay the cash. As it would turn out, distributors don’t pay back when they make benefits,” he said. One of the distributor said that an arrangement amongst themselves is yet to be come to. “We are yet to touch base at an agreement on who might get the amount,” he said.