Karnataka government has announced in its state budget on Wednesday that the Movie tickets in the state will be capped under Rs 200. 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 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 govt has come very close to accepting it.
The Committee’s chairman, Rajendra Singh said, “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 Budget has 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.”
The Chief Minister while announcing maximum admission fee of Rs 200, He also unveiled a Policy for implementation of uniform admission fee in all cinema theatres including multiplexes in the State,”
Welcoming the move of the state govt, Sa Ra Govindu, President, Karnataka Film Chamber said “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 industry.”