‘One ticket prices over Rs 300. Which means a household of 5 pays Rs 1,500, plus the meals with one bucket of popcorn at Rs 350, a samosa for Rs 150.’
‘Tell me, is it value it?’ asks Subhash Ok Jha.
IMAGE: Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor in Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar.
The one and solely lacuna in my life throughout this pandemic has been my film screenings.
Until the second week of March 2020, when my final screening of Angrezi Medium was held, each Wednesday or Thursday, producers would organize a preview screening for me at the solely multiplex in Patna.
They have been the raison d’etre of my life.
They have been my lifeline.
The thrill of watching movies in a film theatre was much more heightened for me than your common film buff.
The screenings have been completely for me.
I felt like the king of the world.
Then the pandemic occurred and my screenings have been gone in a blink.
At first, I believed the lockdown was for 10 days.
I believed I used to be solely lacking the screening of Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, which was to launch in the week the pandemic hit.
Those 10 days have now stretched into virtually a 12 months, and no signal of revival for my treasured screenings.
IMAGE: Shraddha Srinath and R Madhavan in Maara.
Those who know me carefully ask, “How can you reside with out your screenings?”
I’m wondering too!
Why am I not stressed any extra about lacking out on my weekly deal with?
Why am I content material to watch movies at dwelling?
The pang of loss hits me when as soon as in whereas once I watch one thing like the Tamil movie Maara or Wonder Woman 1984 the place the visuals are clearly designed for the giant display screen.
Otherwise, the different massive display screen experiences of the final 12 months which missed their dates at the film halls — like Gulabo Sitabo, Khaali Peeli and Coolie No 1 — have been so terrible, I used to be grateful for saving time (it takes at the very least an hour to attain the venue of the screenings, the time taken for the movie, typically there have been two back-to-back-screenings, generally three) and extra importantly, the producers’ cash.
Let me let you know about the greed of the multiplexes!
I’ve first-hand expertise.
When my screenings began in 2013, they charged the producers Rs 20,000.
Thereafter, I had no clue of the monetary logistics, as I used to be solely bothered about watching my movies and never the course of behind the screenings.
IMAGE: Manoj Bajpayee and Diljit Dosanjh in Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari.
One day, a panic-stricken producer of a Telugu movie referred to as, saying, “Sir, they’re asking for 60. How can we afford this type of cash for one screening?”
To say I used to be horrified can be an understatement.
When I challenged them, they blamed inflation.
They additionally informed me not to be bothered about the value of the screenings: “Sir, you aren’t paying from your individual pocket. Let them pay. They can afford it.”
I attempted talking to the high man at the multiplex chain, however he would not take my calls.
I’m sorry to say this, however the multiplexes deserve the disaster they’ve gotten themselves into.
One ticket prices over Rs 300. Which means a household of 5 pays Rs 1,500, plus the meals with one bucket of popcorn at Rs 350, a samosa for Rs 150.
Tell me, is it value it?
Why should I pay this type of cash to see Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari and Madam Chief Minister once I can watch Criminal Justice and Scam 1992 totally free at dwelling?
The dimension of the display screen, you say?
Ah, but it surely has lengthy been established that dimension would not matter.
IMAGE: Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi in Master.
So here’s a die-hard film buff telling the multiplexes about the floor actuality.
I do not need to return since you are insensitive to your patron’s necessities.
And as a result of you have not provided me any movie that may make me threat COVID.
In the South, they gave audiences Master and Crack to return to the theatres.
In the North, they count on us to flock again to see movies that do not even deserve a spot on the streaming platform.