After the State government allowed special early morning shows for actor Vijay’s Bigil, at the nth hour, theatre owners in and around Tamil Nadu reportedly sold tickets at exorbitant rates on Friday.
That did not come in the way of a bumper opening. In fact, tickets have sold out for the next four days.
The movie was released in 650-700 screens across Tamil Nadu.
The State government had earlier disallowed special early morning shows in order to stop theatres selling tickets at inflated prices.
After Bigil’s producer, theatre owners and distributors reached out to the government, the ruling party had tweeted that Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami had given permission to screen special shows in the city.
However, the experiences of several fans who spoke to The Hindu confirmed the State government’s concerns. They said that they had to pay anywhere between ₹500 and ₹1,000 in many single screen theatres.
“The printed tickets were sold without the cost or time. They just said First-Day-First-Show. In many theatres, they were sold for ₹800, with one theatre even selling tickets for ₹1200,” said a fan who had watched the early morning special show. A well-known distributor said that such instances of tickets being sold at high prices can be found only in single screen theatres outside city limits across Tamil Nadu.
“These things don’t happen in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai or Tiruppur. Only a small number of theatres indulge in such malpractice,” he said.