Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Movie lovers across India are celebrating National Cinema Day on Friday, Sept 23, to commemorate the spirit of cinema. What has added more to the excitement is the reduced prices of tickets. Be it multiplexes or theatres, the price of tickets all over was Rs 75, which fuelled the excitement among all. The scene is no different in Odisha.

With slashed price, the ticket price at multiplexes as well as the single theatres was equal.

Though it has been initiated by the Multiplex Association of India (MAI), several single-screen theatres also have participated in it. A statement released by the MAI confirmed that over 4000 screens including PVR, INOC, CINEPOLIS, CARNIVAL, MIRAJ, CIYTPRIDE, MUKTA A2, MOVIE TIME, WAVE, M2K, DELITE and many others participated to embark the big day. 

Maharaja Cinema HallMaharaja Cinema Hall

The move was to celebrate the successful reopening of theatres after the Covid-19 pandemic and an attempt to express 'Thank You' to the moviegoers as they have played a vital role in reviving the cinema after the pandemic. Also, it is an invitation to those movie lovers who remained away from the theatres following the Covid restrictions. 

However, due to certain State Regulations, w.r.t. cinemas and ticket pricing, in some states namely Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala were unable to participate in the National Cinema Day celebrations.

Meanwhile, excitement among movie lovers in Odisha is no way behind. Several theatres including multiplexes were crowded with movie lovers. The crowded theatres confirm that Odisha was no way behind in celebrating the big day.

While 'Brahmastra: Part One- Shiva' has been roaring at the box office, the National Cinema Day celebrations have augmented the excitement among all. Reportedly. Brahmastra recorded the highest advance ticket booking and broke its own record of day-one ticket sales. 

Even several other iconic movies that shattered several records recently and drove the entire world crazy were rereleased today. Movies like 'Pushpa: The Rise', 'RRR' and 'KGF: Chapter 2' have been rereleased at several theatres to draw the maximum number of movie lovers.