‘Stop persecuting the film industry’ : Siddharth

Actor Siddharth expressed his anger in a series of tweets about Andhra Pradesh government’s low cap on movie ticket prices and limiting the number of shows in cinema halls per day. His take on these matters came amid the ongoing row between the Andhra Pradesh government and the Telugu film industry . He asked  government to set ticket rates based on the area-wise calculation of average house rent and per capita consumer spending on durables.

“You don’t tell an a/c restaurant how much to charge for a plate of idli or a coffee. Why is it that the film industry has to constantly be seen as a problem area by govts intent on telling them how to recover their investment? The GOs for ticket rates and limits on no. of shows is an MRTP violation. Give cinema and cinema halls a chance to survive. Please.” Siddharth tweeted.

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“The first time I saw a movie abroad was 25 years ago. I used my student I-card and saw a movie for 8 dollars. That was Rs. 200 at the time. Today our films match all countries in technology, talent and employment. Governments and politicians have no moral right to police ticket, parking or concession stand rates. You give more respect to alcohol and tobacco than cinema. Stop this charade. Millions of people earn their livelihood legally from our trade. Don’t tell us how to do our business. Tax us, yes, censor us, as illogically as you do. Don’t throw producers and their employees out of their livelihood. Nobody is forcing anyone to watch films.. many people encouraged piracy saying they want entertainment for free. For those people and those trying to make a charity out of movie watching… wait to watch a film when it is affordable to you. The industry does not owe you a subsidy. It owes you entertainment. For every film billionaire there are millions of wage earners and investors. If you want to pick on the wealthy, they exist in every field… Why single out only our industry.”

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