Folks, greed is often inversely proportional to quality.
Case in point – Bollywood.
Most Bollywood movies are either unwatchable trash or stolen (and frequently both).
Now the Bollywood bubbleheads are at loggerheads with the multiplex owners.
You ask, about what? Over money, what else.
Seeking 50% share of the box office revenues, Bollywood producers are now boycotting the multiplexes and holding up release of new movies. Don’t be surprised if the BollywoodÂ clowns next demand a share of the popcorn, Pepsi and parking revenues.
Indian multiplex owners rightly say that the payout they make to producers oughtÂ to stay at the current 40%-48% level and be based on the performance of the movie.
We have never stepped inside an Indian multiplex but from what we hear they are far superior to the single-screen theaters we used to frequent in a bygone era.
Multiplex owners, who have made significant investments, presumably find it difficult to attract crowdsÂ given the mostly pathetic quality of Bollywood movies.
If Bollywood producers want more revenues, let them figure out other ways like slashing the ridiculous sums paid to stars who can’t act if their lives depended on it and by reexamining DVD and TV licensing rights.
But more than anything else, let Bollywood first learn to make better quality movies. If these bozosÂ make better movies, moviegoers would likely flock to the theatres.
WeÂ hope the multiplex owners stand firm and united against the unwarranted strike called by the bunch of Bollywood whiners.
The multiplexes in India are really good. But even they charge exhorbitant prices for a movie. In Bangalore, the last time I went for a hindi movie in 2007, the ticket charge was Rs180/- . The prices may now be well over 250/- In this scenario I want to support neither the producers nor the multiplex owners. what say?
The problem is greed has no limits.
We doubt that we ever paid more than Rs 10.00 for a movie ticket in India (pre-multiplex days).
without producers ….who will make movies ??? …without movies ….what will you show in Multiplexes …..
Producers will soon start investing in Multiplexes and big ones will get into that business …….Multiplex owners like PVR have already ventured into Producing movies …..
Nevertheless …..Cinema is a CREATIVE BUSINESS …..So Ultimately Producers (they are not alone …they have directors /actors supporting them) will win ….Single screen theatres are also with Producers ….so people will get to see the movie anyways ….
Not all Multiplexs provide value for money …..Fame and IMAX – Adlabs , INOX is good ….rest all range from average …..to at times poor …..some of these are run by erstwhile single screen theatres …who have converted that into multiplex …..
Typically if the crowd is less or its a morning show and ticket price is less …..A/C’s will be switched off …..that does not happen in Fame or INOX
1. You write above: Producers will soon start investing in Multiplexes and big ones will get into that business
Vertical integration is not a healthy model from the perspective of consumers.
We still think Bollywood gets too much attention and money for the junk it shovels at consumers.
2. You write: Typically if the crowd is less or its a morning show and ticket price is less …..A/C’s will be switched off
Only in India.
Although we have a crappy theatre in Edison, NJ which is awful – Movie Shitty (owned by Anil Ambani).