Multiplex ticket price capped at Rs. 200

Multiplex ticket price capped at Rs. 200

The Chief Minister also proposed that the amount given to charitable fund established for medical benefits to workers, technicians and artistes of the film industry be enhanced from Rs one crore to Rs 10 crore.

The budget promises "achhe din" for the Kannada film industry as three long-pending demands - capping ticket price at Rs 200 at multiplexes and theatres, compulsorily screening of Kannada and regional language films during prime time and constructing a film city - have been fulfilled. According to Kannada films director T.S. Bengaluru: A day after the Karnataka government proposed to cap ticket rates in cinema halls and multiplexes at Rs 200, there was a mixed response on Thursday, with the Kannada film fraternity welcoming it while others opposed it. About 275 outside state movies are screened in multiplexes a year, while Rs 2,000 crore revenue earned in ticket sales in Karnataka enters other states.

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. Almost 300 non Kannada films hit the screens in these places to make revenue of such a huge amount.

"We studied the matter for nine months and gave our recommendations to the government a few months ago. It is heartening to see that the government has accepted our recommendations".

The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) had submitted documents of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala to the government regarding how those governments had fixed prices in multiplexes. In addition to this major announcement on multiplex theatres, the state budget also announced compulsory screening of Kannada and regional films such as Tulu, Konkani, Kodava, Beary and Banjara state recognized language films compulsorily with top priority to Kannada. "This is really a very good news for all movie lovers because paying Rs 300-400 for each and every movie is very hard for many of us", said Akshunya Bharti, an engineering graduate.