‘Maya Bazaar’ - Mammootty’s Ramadan gift to fans

October 1st, 2008 - 4:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Kochi Oct 1 (IANS) Ace Malayalam superstar Mammootty treated his fans with his latest movie “Maya Bazaar” on the occasion of Eid. The film released here Wednesday and the actor took the day off to celebrate with his family.

“I have taken the day off to be with my family to celebrate Ramadan. My daughter has come, but my son is in Singapore. I am certainly happy that my new film has got good reports,” Mammootty told IANS.

Mammootty also said that he took part in the prayers here.

Directed by Thomas Sebastian, the film is inspired from the real-life story of a person who provided food packets to patients in a hospital near Thrissur district. In the film, Mammootty carries food packets for the ailing patients at the nearby hospital every noon.

“Maya Bazaar” has been released only in B and C class theatres because of the controversy in the Malayalam film industry that started when Kerala Film Producers Association (KFPA) decided to exhibit new releases in maximum centres in the first week itself but the film Exhibitors Association had opposed the move.

Earlier, new films were being released in 48 centres but it was increased to 85 centres six months ago.

Suresh Kumar, who leads the Producers Association, said the present controversy with the Exhibitors Association is going to end today itself.

“All the issues are being discussed and from tomorrow onwards all the main centres would also be releasing these films,” said Kumar.

But state owned Kerala State Film Development Corporation decided to screen “Maya Bazaar” at the main centres as well.

Another Malayalam superstar Mohanlal’s latest movie “Kurukshetra”, a film directed by former commando Major Ravi based on the Kargil conflict, was slated for release today.

“I wish that Mohanlal’s film too had been released today, but the release didn’t take place due to some problem,” said Mammootty.

Meanwhile, huge crowds were seen in all the theatres where “Maya Bazaar” was released.

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