Despite Tamil Nadu government’s cap of Rs 120 on movie tickets, theatre owners have been selling Kabali tickets at five times higher than the original price.



Rajinikanth's upcoming movie, Kabali fever seems to be getting really intense with every passing day. We had recently told you about how offices in Chennai and Banaglore have declared a holiday on the release day of the movie (yeah!). And now we hear that the tickets are being sold at an exorbitant price in Tamil Nadu, in fact, five times the usual rate! With Kabali slated to release in over 4,000 screens worldwide on Friday, the demand for its tickets is unprecedented.

“Most theatres across the state (Tamil Nadu) have sold out tickets for the opening weekend. With the average ticket costing Rs 600, most ardent Rajinikanth fans are disappointed that they couldn’t afford the tickets on the first day,” said trade analyst Trinath. 

Despite Tamil Nadu government’s cap of Rs 120 on movie tickets, theatre owners have been selling Kabali tickets at five times higher than the original price.
Kabali
“We are used to paying Rs 120 for movie tickets. But this sudden exponential increase in ticket price is very unfair. The prices vary according to the show timings. Early morning shows are sold at Rs 500-600 and the prices are slashed through the course of the day,” rues Santhosh Kumar, a second-year college student. Some fans are seething over unavailability of tickets because they were allegedly sold in bulk to corporates.
A theatre owner, on condition of anonymity, said the tickets were being sold at such high prices because of the high investment involved. “The Chengalpet area rights of Kabali were bought for a whopping Rs 18 crore. In order to make profits, the film should collect over Rs 30 crore. If the tickets are sold at Rs 120, it’s impossible to recover the investment in the first few days,” he said, and added that the opening weekend is very crucial for big-ticket films.



Source:IndiaTimes
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