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Movies don’t last beyond morning show: AP

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SAMPAT G SAMARITAN
Published Dec 2, 2017, 6:47 am IST
Updated Dec 2, 2017, 6:48 am IST
Films get pirated during the screening of first show.
Tamil Nadu film industry is allegedly getting suffocated with no patronage from its government and the bigwigs in the industry are looking at AP to develop infrastructure near Tada of Nellore district and has even sought allocation of land.
 Tamil Nadu film industry is allegedly getting suffocated with no patronage from its government and the bigwigs in the industry are looking at AP to develop infrastructure near Tada of Nellore district and has even sought allocation of land.

RAJAHMUNDRY: The Telugu film industry has voiced concern about the declining patronage of filmgoers watching movies in theatres.

Recent films like Mental Madhilo, Devi Sri Prasad, Lucky and Balakrishnudu saw patronage only for the morning show and people did not turn up for the first show on the first day.

Even films with popular Telugu actors are running only for a week or so. There are very few films that run for more than two weeks.

This has not just demoralised the industry but has also instilled a fear in them that if this trend continues, the future of the Telugu film industry will be extremely bleak.

Telugu filmmakers say that gone are the golden days when films with NTR, ANR and others used to run for 100 days. Except for weekends, there is not much patronage during the other days of the week.

The film industry blames Tamil Nadu for blatantly encouraging film piracy. Films get pirated during the screening of the first show and are converted into various formats of electronic files which are then shared either in groups of people in WhatsApp or on the social media platforms.

Industry bigwigs say that availability of high speed internet access has made it easy for film buffs to watch films on their mobile phone, tabs, laptops and computers, not to mention  home theatre systems.

Some online e-commerce stores are purchasing films and giving access to their subscribers. Some are allowing visitors to enter their sites and download the films.

As a result, most people watch the films at home, and only those who want the big screen experience go to film theatres.

The GST of 18 per cent had an impact on the filmgoer’s decision of watching a film in a theatre. If a family of four visits a theatre, the total cost of the ticket will get escalated by almost a fifth. Families are therefore reluctant to enter theatres, when the cheaper option of watching a film online is available.

Though representatives of the industry have appealed to the Centre to reconsider the 18 per cent GST, so far there has been no response.

Film industry sources say that even the films of popular heroes like Pawan Kalyan, Mahesh Babu, Prabhas, Jr NTR, Ram Charan and those of multi-starrers are failing to run successfully.

AP State Film, Television and Theatre Development Corporation chairman Ambika Krishna said, “Telugu film industry is feeling the pinch of lack of patronage from filmgoers at film theatres. This has a cascading effect on the entire industry denting earnings.

Theatre festival from Jan. 18

AP is to organise the prestigious theatre festival Nandi Natakotsvam at Amaravati, Rajahmundry, Kakinada and Tirupati, beginning from January 18. The AP Film Development Corporation authorities say that a formal notification of the theatre festival with a detailed schedule of events will be issued shortly. The last date for submission of entries from the artists who wish to take part in the fete is December 30.

The authorities have yet to fix the number of plays that will be allowed to be performed during the 12-day festival. They have called upon the artists to come forward in large numbers to take part in the theatre festival. The APFDC state that though there is a proposal to hold the festival at Visakhapatnam also, local authorities have failed to come up with a blueprint. However, if a festival is being organised, the local administration has to come forward to make necessary arrangements to host it.

AP Film Development Corporation organises the theatre festival every year from January 18 onwards.

(I have seen several Tamil sites doing damage to Telugu movie 'Jai Kava Kusa' - We have to fight tooth and nail)

Edited by Govindu

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