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Tamil film Veeram's premiere delayed due to bank debt

Published on Jan 11, 2014 10:16 AM
Construction workers Kannan Karthikeyan, 28, and Pichai Rengasamy, 29, showing their tickets for Veeram. After the screening was cancelled, Rex endorsed their tickets for the 6.15pm screening yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

The Singapore premiere of Tamil blockbuster Veeram was postponed after its producers failed to pay a bank debt in time and were not allowed to release the film, distributors told The Straits Times.

The movie was set to debut here on Thursday evening, but was cancelled after cinemas failed to obtain an encrypted code needed to unlock the digitally formatted movie. At least two cinemas, Rex Cinemas in Mackenzie Road and Golden Digital Theatre in Beach Road, were affected.

The film was to have been released yesterday in India and on Thursday in other countries, including Singapore.

But at about 8.30pm on Thursday, the two cinemas were told by the distributors to stop selling tickets, and that they would not be getting the necessary code.

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