Rejoice Karnataka! Movie Tickets to Be Capped at Rs 200
Movie tickets in Karnataka will now cost no more than Rs 200, the Karnataka government announced in the state budget on Wednesday.
The move comes as part of the state government's attempts to develop the film industry in Karnataka. Along with the cap on tickets, the state has also announced that a film city will be set up in Mysuru for the development of Kannada film industry.
The Chief Minister announced a "policy for implementation of uniform admission fee in all cinema theatres, including multiplexes, in the State," and said that the maximum admission fee will be Rs 200.
The announcement comes after a 14-member committee, headed by SV Rajendra Singh Babu, submitted a report to the Karnataka government suggesting a cap on multiplex ticket prices at Rs 120 in August last year.
The committee also recommended a compulsory screening of two shows of Kannada films during prime time – and the government has come very close to accepting it.
The Committee's chairman, Rajendra Singh, told TNM:
The Budget has announced a "mandatory exhibition of Kannada and regional language films in one screen of multiplex cinemas of the state at prime time between 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm."
Reacting to the development, Sa Ra Govindu, President, Karnataka Film Chamber said that it was a welcome move by the state government. He said:
For movie lovers, this move comes as a great relief. “This is really a very good news for all movie lovers because paying Rs 300-400 for each and every movie is very difficult for many of us,” said Akshunya Bharti, an engineering graduate.
Ticket prices are capped at Rs 120 in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, where the theatre-owners have been fighting to raise the prices for years now. Prime time airing of state languages is now done in Maharashtra, and the Rs 5 cess is implemented in Kerala.