Ever since Salman Khan’s Tubelight disappointed at the ticket counter, there was speculation that the lion-hearted actor would compensate distributors and exhibitors for the losses they had sustained on his account. And we had mentioned in this column that he would, but only after Khan was able to tot up the lifetime business of his film.
Now the lifetime business of the film is ready and Khan and his father Salim Khan have kept their promise. Here’s an interesting tale, though. Salim Khan, who keeps a check on everything related to film distribution through a family friend (Chowksey family), was very clear about how he wanted to do this. So far, `20 crore have been distributed to all-India sub-distributors. `5 crore have been given to Narendra Hirawat of N H Studioz. And guess what, `1.5 crore have been given to 700 cinemas hall owners who had taken the film either on MG or Fixed Hire via their respective distributors.
All the distributors have been asked to show the slip signed by these theatre owners. There’s more… Salim Khan has also decided to compensate Middle-East distributors. We must mention that the Khans’ family friend Aditya Chowksey played a major role in the settlement.