This year's Diwali will unfortunately not witness any new theatrical releases in Tamil cinema and this is the first ever time, such a scenario has occured. The Tamil Nadu Government permitted the theatres in Tamil Nadu to reopen from November 10 with 50% occupancy. The theatres are all set to reopen tomorrow, but there are no new contents to play. This is said to have occurred due to the ongoing VPF (Virtual Print Fee) issue between producers and projection service providers. According to reports, films like Kalathil Sandhippom (Jiiva - Arulnithi), Biskoth (Santhanam), Irandam Kuththu (Santhosh P Jayakumar) was ready for a theatrical release during Diwali, but due to the tug of war between the producers and service providers, the releases have been stalled.

As a result, the Tamil audience will not witness any new Tamil theatrical releases. However, the fans are surely in for a treat from the comfort of their homes as the highly anticipated Suriya starrer Soorarai Pottru and Nayanthara - RJ Balaji starrer Mookuthi Amman are releasing this week on Prime Video on Disney + Hotstar platforms respectively. The theatres in Tamil Nadu will reopen tomorrow and all the theatres will screen the films that were stopped midway due to the Corona scare in March. Some of the well received Tamil films of this year, Oh My Kadavule, Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal and Dharala Prabhu will be played in the theatres, alongside a few other language movies as well.

The producers' decision of not releasing any new movies has not gone well with QUBE, one of the major projection service provider in the state. Talking about the ongoing rift, Senthil Kumar, co-founder of QUBE Cinema said, "It is our understanding that producers who have been eager to release new films have been pressured to conform to the boycott. The TFAPA is leveraging this unprecedented period of struggle in order to gain as many concessions from theatres and digital service providers as possible for itself, without regard for how it affects the industry at large or the cinema audience. The theatre experience simply cannot be replicated at home or on streaming platforms, and the satisfaction of the audience is our ultimate goal. We have already offered a significant compromise in the VPF charges as digital service providers, and it is vital that producers agree to it rather than threaten the livelihoods of vulnerable theatres. This is a time when the industry must come together to ensure that cinema survives, and we are shocked by the TFAPA's opportunistic demands.".