Telangana government approves extra shows and increased ticket prices for ‘Kalki 2898 AD’; fans debate on X

Moviegoers expressed their dissatisfaction with the increased ticket prices for 'Kalki 2898 AD' on social media.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 23, 2024 | 7:45 PM Updated Jun 23, 2024 | 11:52 PM

Fans were excited about the early Thursday screenings but expressed disappointment over having to pay ₹495 at a multiplex, and ₹265 and ₹413 for regular screenings. (X)

It appears that ace producer Aswini Dutt has requested additional screenings for his upcoming magnum opus, Kalki 2898 AD, from the Telangana state government. In response, the government has issued a GO permitting Vyjayanthi Movies to schedule a special 6th show at 5.30 am from 27 June 2024 to 4 July 2024, with an increased ticket price of ₹200 (including GST).

The statement further allows for five shows daily during this period in all theaters across Telangana and approves a hike in ticket prices by ₹75 for single screens and ₹100 for multiplexes.

The Prabhas-starrer, sold for ₹70 crore in Telangana, is expected to be released in over 350 theatres, ensuring sensational openings and helping distributors recover their significant investments.

 Social media users expressed concerns about high ticket prices. One fan pointed out the Telugu film industry’s struggle with early OTT releases, questioning the timing. Another worried that steep prices might drive people toward piracy.

Many internet users noted that the increased prices could impact the film’s performance, especially since it is releasing at the end of June, when parents are typically paying school fee for the academic year. Meanwhile, Nag Ashwin’s sci-fi film is generating significant buzz. Advanced bookings in North America have already sold over 77,000 tickets, generating $2.6 million in sales, according to distributors.

 The film, inspired by Hindu scriptures, is setting new records in advance ticket sales, both in India and overseas. Before the full-scale start of bookings for Kalki 2898 AD on Sunday evening or Monday morning, Bengaluru alone saw tickets worth ₹50 lakh sold within minutes of the booking opening, according to Koimoi’s report.

Many filmmakers, including SS Rajamouli, recently praised the newly released trailer of Kalki 2898 AD.

‘A power-packed trailer’

The Baahubali director shared his thoughts, commenting, “It’s a power-packed trailer that sets the perfect tone for a first-day-first-show experience. Amitabhji, Darling (Prabhas), and Deepika’s characters appear intriguing.”

Highlighting Kamal Haasan’s impressive appearance in the trailer, Rajamouli added, “I’m still captivated by his look and his consistent ability to amaze. Nagi, I can’t wait to delve into your world.”

A few days ago, the producers hosted a grand event in Mumbai, where Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Deepika Padukone, Prabhas, and Rana Daggubati were present.

Amitabh Bachchan shared his experience working on the film and his initial reaction to the script. He commended director Nag Ashwin for conceiving such a compelling concept.

 Kamal Haasan discussed his role and his initial response when Nag Ashwin approached him with the project idea.

‘Nag Ashwin, a man of few words’

“He is a man of few words but possesses great ideas and knows how to articulate them,” Kamal Haasan, said, adding, “I would never underestimate simple people. They often have a depth that isn’t immediately seen. Nagi’s ability to present his ideas was exceptional.”

Kalki 2898 AD, set in a dystopian future, depicts the challenges faced by the people of Kasi as they strive for essential resources while anticipating the arrival of the Kalki avatar.

Also read: ‘Kalki 2898 AD’ to have a runtime of over 3 hours?

(Edited by S Subhakeerthana)

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