Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has responded positively to Information Minister Roshan Baig’s suggestion of bringing uniform ticket prices for multiplexes in the state.
“His (Siddaramaiah) response was very good and we are going ahead with it,” Baig said on Wednesday.
“I have asked the Information Department director to collect details about prevailing system in neighbouring states, including Tamil Nadu, where there is a uniform movie ticket rates,” he said. “When Tamil Nadu can do it, why can’t we? Multiplexes are clean and the ambience is good, but they should not be allowed to charge so exorbitantly. We will put an end to such a practice,” he added.
While the Kannada film industry has welcomed the move, the multiplex representatives said they need more time to comment. “When a minister of that stature has talked about uniform ticket rates, we definitely need to do some back-end work before we comment on the issue,” said a spokesperson of PVR. “It is too early to comment,” the spokesperson said.
Industry representatives feel such a move will help people from middle and lower middle class to watch movies at multiplexes and would benefit the Kannada film industry.
Jaggesh, actor and MLC, said: “Such a move will help middle class and lower middle class people to enjoy watching films at multiplexes. Other language films are given a lot of publicity at multiplexes that charge `800 to `1,000 per ticket.”
Ramu, producer and distributor of Kannada films, said, “High ticket price is a burden on audiences. Even the canteen rates at these places are too high. Mutliplexes give more preferences to other language films mainly because they don’t benefit from Kannada films. The proposed move will help Kannada film industry.”
Guruprasad, director of Eddelu Manjutha, Matta and Director’s Special is neutral on the issue by saying: “It is between the producers and the multiplex authorities to decide on ticket rates.”
Single-screen theatre ticket charges start from `60 for lower stall and `150 for balcony, while it is much more in multiplexes.
Earlier during a meeting with Baig, Sa Ra Govindu, a member of Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce, suggested that the state should bring in uniform ticket rates for multiplexes.