Have you ever run out of money to watch the latest release of your actor? Have you ever had to pay Rs300 or more for a single movie ticket? Did you ever had to cancel your movie plans over costly tickets? These are the most common questions anyone from another state would ask to a movie-lover residing in Karnataka, especially if in Bengaluru.
However, to end these cries, the Karnataka Budget presented by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday clearly states that movie tickets cannot be priced above Rs 200 in all the multiplexes spread across the state. 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 Rs200.
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 during August last year.
The Budget also announced a "mandatory exhibition of Kannada and regional language films in one screen of multiplex cinemas of the state in prime time between 1.30pm and 7.30pm."
This is a long pending demand that we have been raising for a few years now. We are glad that the state government has taken cognisance of our demands. Making exhibiting Kannada film mandatory in all multiplexes will be a great boost for the Kannada film industrySa Ra Govindu, President, Karnataka Film Chamber
Ticket prices are capped at Rs 120 in neighbouring Tamil Nadu where the theater-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.