Will the common Guwahatians this time be lucky enough to witness the Bollywood celebrities universe in a moderately priced seat in the 65th Flimfare awards scheduled for February next year?
The black lady will fly from Mumbai to Assam for the first time. Nonetheless, the cost of tickets to the gala event in its earlier edition varying from Rs 10 thousand to Rs 3 lakhs held in Mumbai does not augur much trust as the gigantic ticket prices if continued in this edition could well stop many common people walking with the Bollywood stars on the red carpet.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced that the Assam government will spend Rs 23 crore for the event.
“The government in organizing the event is spending taxpayers’ money so we expect that organizers will keep that in mind while deciding the price of the tickets, so that average man can see the event,” a retired government official said.
Previous years Filmfare hosted in Jio Garden BKC, Mumbai saw the ticket price ranging from 3 lakh whooping to at least Rs. 10,000. Rs. 12,000, Rs. 15,000, Rs. 40,000, Rs. 50, 000, Rs are other price slabs. Seven5,000,Rs. 1,10,000,Rs. 1,50,000,Rs. 2,25000,Rs. 3,00,000.
“If they keep the prices very high starting from Rs 10,000, I think many common people for whom its once in a lifetime opportunity to see all the stars at one platform will not be able to go. And Mumbai and Guwahati are not same when comes to disposable incomes of individual. So organisers should moderately price the tickets,” Megha Deb, a college going student told another news daily G Plus.
It was also announced that the chief ministers relief fund would sell 50% of the proceeds from the ticket sale.
Sources close to G Plus said the award event would take place at Amingaon's Rajib Gandhi Indoor Stadium, but there is no official confirmation on this.
With stadium designed to accommodate 5000 spectators as per the guidelines of the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), it will be important to see how tickets are priced in different slabs by the organizers.
The Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Times of India group in Guwahati on November 25.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-12-05 12:22 PM