CCI dismisses unfair trade practice case against producers of Padmaavat, Padman

MUMBAI: Fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) has dismissed allegations of unfair trade practice against producers of Hindi films ‘Padmaavat’ and ‘Padman’.

The order was based on the complaint filed against the production houses – Viacom18 and Bhansali Productions of Padmaavat, and Twinkle Khanna, Kriarj Entertainment, Side Films India, Cape of Good Films and Hope Productions of Padman – with regard to release date of the two movies.

The complaint filed by two individuals from New Delhi alleged that the makers of the two movies had colluded to share the market by scheduling different dates for release of their respective movies resulting in controlling the supply of movies in the market.

This, the complainants alleged, was in contravention of the provisions of Section 3 of the Competition Act which pertains to anti-competitive agreements.

However, the CCI order dated 1 June, stated that the anti-competitive conduct alleged against the producers of ‘Padman’ and ‘Padmaavat’ “does not get established”.

“The evidence supplied in the information does not seem to indicate any concerted action while deciding the dates for the release of the movies and accordingly, the Commission observes that the facts of the case do not raise any competition concerns,” the CCI said in its order.

Disposing of the case, the CCI noted that it is of “prima facie” opinion that no case of contravention of the provisions of the Competition Act is made out against the producers of the two movies.

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