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Sambhar Mafia - Cooked To Kill!

Monday, January 01, 2007

TN Multiplexes Heave a Sigh of Relief

As widely expected, MK has exempted multiplexes from the Rs. 50 upper limit for movie tickets and has fixed a cap of Rs. 95 – 120 for multiplexes meeting certain criteria.

Multiplexes with three or more theatres, having additional entertainment features, food counter and airconditioning could charge Rs. 120 (maximum) and Rs. 10 (minimum) per ticket. Multiplexes meeting specified norms could charge a maximum of Rs. 95 and a minimum of Rs. 10.

Those with two or more air-conditioned halls, a total seating capacity of 800, a generator with 100 per cent power back-up, digital projection and sound system and any five additional specified features could charge a maximum of Rs. 85 and minimum of Rs. 10.[Link]

I still feel that MK should not have poked his nose in this whole affair. By fixing Rs. 10 as the cap on the cheapest ticket, MK is indirectly pushing the multiplexes to charge higher for premium tickets so that they can cross-subsidize the two categories.


  • I wanted to blog on this too Kaps. My personal gut is that with the new multiplexes opening soon in Chennai the MK Govt. would have tried to collect something from theses owners. And the whole scene was to make them pay some bribe and act as if they solved peoples problem.

    By Anonymous vasanthi, at 9:55 PM  

  • A good way to ensure "Indhiya Tholai Kaatchigalil Mudhal Muraiyaaga".

    By Anonymous BNB, at 11:51 PM  

  • 1.Whether multiplexes heaved a sigh of relief or not, it was definitely good news for movie goers of Chennai... so Satyam will surely go ahead with its expansion ideas, some other movie theaters would clean up its looks and Inox should open atleast by Apr 14 and PVR by Diwali 2007 ...

    2. As Vasanthi says, there is definitely the usual money transfer behind scenes ... (Every one knows that Cement prices matter more to people's well being than movie ticket prices and the well informed (and aware folks) know why the latter alone is controlled/regulated while former is ignored.

    By Blogger ramki830, at 1:51 AM  

  • if i'm a theater owner i'll sell one (or maybe two) ticket at Rs 10 - most probably for the guy who books first. finished!

    but i think the prices multiplexes charge ensure "exclusivity" and ensure that the padayappas from pachaiyappa won't come and whistle and hoot and disturb the "family crowd" and "pseud crowd". selling tickets at Rs 10 will be suicidal from that angle!

    By Anonymous wimpy, at 11:22 AM  

  • Free market should prevail. If these establishments don't offer value to their customers,the consequences will follow sooner or later.

    We all crave for a decent audience, clean chairs and a big screen with pleasant acoustic effects.

    Do you ask for anything else ?

    By Anonymous Anand, at 4:32 AM  

  • first it was the titles
    and now the ticket prices

    By Blogger tejbir, at 10:30 PM  

  • Hey Nice blog out there. Im reading it first time and must say I'll come back again and again.

    Blogs at - http://theignorant.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Shailesh, at 1:05 AM  

  • This is all about Chennai, but if we look at prices in Delhi, They are Rs 150 at PVR. That too for small halls in PVR Saket where even if you are sitting in a first row from the screen, you are paying them 150 bucks & even after that if you ask them to serve popcorn coke on your seat (they published in paper its a service which thye would provide)their employees on counter make faces & say you can also collect it from counter.

    By Anonymous Riya, at 7:38 PM  

  • Am a great fan of bollywood and love to watch movies. But still i dont find this decision as wise.
    Rs 10 will every tom dick or harry inside a multiplex, and outcome of that is very predictable.... I find my 150 bucks worth spending on a multiplex

    By Anonymous Arpit, at 5:14 AM  

  • I cannot believe there are places where tickets are still available for Rs.10! It's both shocking and comforting, too, in some odd way.

    By Blogger Lotus Reads, at 8:08 PM  

  • the newly opened INOX has petitioned the government to remove the Rs.10 tickets cos its extremely loss-making at that rate!

    By Blogger Vikram H, at 5:09 PM  

  • Kaps where art thou? and where are the updates?

    By Anonymous Govar, at 1:30 AM  

  • i was hoping to sit in Satyam for 50 bucks for at least a day. looks like that wont happen.
    for those who dont know, satyam is a multiplex - an expensive one at that - in Chennai

    By Blogger Nandhu, at 4:49 PM  

  • Where is the mafia don hiding and what made the don go underground????

    By Anonymous the mottai boss, at 5:46 PM  

  • heloo kaps?? yoohoo!

    where are u?
    this sambhar is getting stale

    By Blogger Magnolia, at 7:03 PM  

  • MK?

    You mean Muni Kanniah? World Famous Sathyam based ticket-blocker. And one of the city's last bastions of the Safari Suit?

    By Anonymous Anand, at 10:26 PM  

  • Now that this is hogging limelight, its high time he retracted the tamil padam tamil name rule.

    By Blogger Deepa, at 11:30 PM  

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