Looks like movie buffs are waiting to go back to the good old days and watch movies on the big screen with a bucket of popcorn. And their wish is slowly getting fulfilled, thanks to the series of Kannada movies being released in the theatres.
ACT 1978, the Kannada movie that released three days ago, has been getting positive response from movie-goers so far. This is expected to encourage other Kannada movie producers to release their movies at theatres across the state.
“Our theatre was packed for the first show on Sunday. There was 30 per cent occupancy in the morning and 50 per cent for the matinee show, which indicates that audiences are ready to watch Kannada movies. It depends on the response (box-office collection) that will be recorded from Monday to next Friday,’’ said K V Chandrasekhar, president, Karnataka Film Exhibitors’ Association, who owns Veeresh Theatre on Magadi Road.
According to Devaraj PR, producer of ACT 1978, a few theatres, including Sri Balaji, Vega City, PVR at Orion Mall and DRC Cinemas in Mysuru were full on Sunday. “The box-office collection will be shared on a 50:50 per cent basis. For example, the collection of Veeresh Theatre (mini) is Rs 18,000 per show. I get 50 per cent of it. As of now, screening of movies is allowed only with 50 per cent capacity,’’ said Devaraj.
Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce president DR Jairaj said, “The release of other Kannada movies will depend on the response of ACT 1978 during the next few days. I expect big-budget movies to be released in December,’’ said Jairaj.
Kannada movies like Mukhavada Illadavanu 84 and Arishadvarga are scheduled to be released in theatres on November 27.