Bollywood producers are on strike

Bollywood producers are on strike

Fate of many big films hangs in balance
Bollywood producers are on strike

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Bollywood film producers have gone on strike, refusing to release new movies until multiplex owners agree to equal revenue sharing.

Films whose releases have already been put back include Mukesh Bhatt's Jashn, Yash Raj's New York and Anil Kapoor's Short Cut.

"Really, it couldn't have been a worse time for Bollywood with bad quality movies dominating from January till March, producers calling a strike in April and then May seeing IPL at its ferocious best," says Madhur Bhandarkar, who is currently busy shooting Jail.

Only Kal Kissne Dekha (releasing May 1) and Kambakkth Ishq, (May 29) have been confirmed to release.

Bollywood has already seen a terrible first quarter, with many biggies failing at the box office, including Chandni Chowk To China, Billu and delhi-6.

"So strong has been the outlook of producers towards the entire issue, rightly so, that there are no promos of any upcoming movie which is currently on air. This means that the makers are more than 100 per cent convinced that the stand-off is not expected to end before the month of May begins," a distributor said on condition of anonymity.

As it is in May, Bollywood will face tough competition from the IPL matches, with televisions screening the Twenty20 matches between 4 pm and 11 pm.