When the ticket for 1 rupee 60 paise was fixed for the students…! Even today people want to watch cheap cinema

Central India has been a big contributor to Hindi films. Regional language cinema was used in other parts of the country but Hindi films dominated in Vidarbha, Madhya Bharat, Mahakaushal, Malwa-Nimar and parts of East Gujarat, Rajasthan., Obviously, along with the filmmakers, directors, actors, actresses and other actors are concerned about the response of the film here. The Central Cine Circuit Association is the association of cinema traders in this area. If Hindi films were released from time immemorial, then the trend here would have been taken first. Association director and filmmaker OP Goyal opened the box of golden memories when it came to the ticket journey.

OP Goyal says- ‘The era of silent movies started with one coming. I remember silent films on celluloid were shown at Nandlalpura Thatia Talkies in Indore. In that era, the reel of the projector was rotated by hand. It is 1953-54 when I started watching cinema. Then there used to be one anna ticket. This period lasted till 1957. In 1957, Mother India was released on 14 February, by then the ticket rate was two annas. After this, the rate of tickets for films became four annas i.e. 25 paise. After this there were six annas, eight annas. Gradually, as the inflation increased, the ticket rate of the cinema increased.,

Favorite era of cheap cinema
The era of single screen was the decade of the 80s, when television did not knock. In that era, cinema, the only cheap and accessible means of entertainment, had cemented its place in the hearts of the people. Before that, from around 1975, the class getting salary of about 5 to 10 rupees a month also started spending some amount on cinema. one family member every month Cinema Just went to see. The hobby was such that people used to queue 50 times for tickets. Goyal says that ‘the ticket of 1 rupee 60 paise was the most popular in Central India. If the governments gave student concession on two and two and a half rupees, then they used to get the ticket for Rs 1.60. They would go to talkies in groups of 50 to 100 and the seats would get full. In such a situation, the family members are not able to get tickets. On this demand, the ticket for the common people was also 1.60 paise. Then the ticket for balcony sitting was about 5 rupees. ,

Advance ticket was also there
By the way, in the era of offline ticketing, advance tickets used to be very limited. Kamlesh Rawat, who is called a Jabra fan of films, says that there were no advance tickets, but advance tickets were sold for many films. When Raj Kapoor’s ‘Sangam’ film was screened in Indore’s Raj Talkies, advance tickets were given for seven days. Advance ticket charts were made. Due to the family members not getting tickets, the theater owners started arranging advance tickets. Waiting in line used to be the only option due to non-availability of advance tickets. Many times, tickets were available after standing in line for a couple of days. Due to not getting tickets in smaller cities, people used to go to the cinema in Indore, Jabalpur and Bhopal cities. One reason for this was that here film releasing day But it was on. There used to be 26 cinema halls in Indore and 38 in Jabalpur. Among them was the famous Empire Talkies of Premnath. There are now 125 multiplexes and about 80 single screen cinema halls in MP.

Tax was 150 percent, surrounded every CM
Despite being the only and popular means of entertainment Central India In entertainment tax was taken up to 150 percent. The Central Cine Circuit Association talked to the then Chief Minister Motilal Vora, Arjun Singh, Shyamacharan Shukla, Digvijay Singh several times to reduce the tax. Wherever the CM went, talkies would surround him. The entertainment tax was reduced from 70 per cent to 50 per cent after Jayant Malaiya became the finance minister in MP. In 2017, this rate was 20 per cent and this tax was waived on tickets of Rs 100 in single screen cinema. From 2018 onwards, 28 per cent GST is applicable on all single screens and multiplexes.

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