Actor Chiranjeevi asked Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday to reconsider the government’s decision to cap movie ticket prices.
In a statement shared on social media, the Acharya actor said: “It is gratifying to see the introduction of the bill on online ticketing for transparency, as required by the industry. But at the same time, for the survival of cinemas and for the many families who depend solely on the cinema for their survival, these reduced online ticketing rates should have the same flexibility as GST’s uniform prices. Please reconsider this matter. The Telugu industry can survive only when there is such a stimulus. “
– Chiranjeevi Konidela (@KChiruTweets) November 25, 2021
Chiranjeevi’s request comes after the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly passed a bill to further amend the AP Cinemas (Regulation) Act of 1956, which requires exhibitors to sell movie tickets only through the online booking platform, which will be operated by the state Film Development Corporation. . The bill replaces an ordinance issued on November 9.
Moving the bill on behalf of Chief Minister Perni Nani, who also holds the Information and Public Relations portfolio, said the proposed online movie booking system would help verify black marketing, as well as stop tax evasion. .
According to film trade analysts, the Andhra Pradesh government’s new move is likely to leave an impact on the box office revenue of long-awaited films such as SS Rajamouli’s RRR, Pawan Kalyan’s Bheemla Nayak, Prabhas and Sarkaru starring Radhe Shyam. Mahesh Babu’s Vaari. Paata.
Previously, the Producers Guild and the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce had approached the Andhra Pradesh government and held discussions on the issue of ticket prices.
(With PTI inputs)