While the ongoing standoff between the Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council (TFPC) and the Digital Service Providers (DSP) is still in deadlock, recent news reported that the Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association has taken a drastic decision to shut down theatres across the state from March 16 onwards to demand abolition of the entertainment tax levied by the State Government.

Joining hands with the film distributors, the Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council (TFPC) has made an official announcement that any film production, shootings and film events will stop from March 16 if their demands on the Visual Print Fee (VPF) given to the Digital Service Providers (DSP), and low ticket prices are not met. Their demands include zero VPF, reduction in ticket prices and online ticketing fee, regularization, and computerised ticketing system.

All four South Indian film industries went on a strike from March 1; while, the Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam industries have agreed on the 25-35% reduction, the Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council has not agreed to the new, reduced rates, stalling all cine activity.