The Being Human founder Salman Khan has added another project to his name, a theatre chain. According to reports, Salman Khan is set to open a threatre chain named ‘Salman Talkies’ and its construction has begun in the outskirts of Mumbai. If one thinks that a bollywood star owned cinema theatre would be costly to go to then think again as the tickets to Salman Talkies will cost less than what the current theatre chains charge. The tickets would be tax-free and thus cost less so the audience will not have to worry about watching cinemas in theatres will burn holes in their pockets.
Salman’s wish is to make the cinema more accessible so that even the people of the low income class can enjoy movies on the BIG screen. Adding to his generosity Salman has also confirmed that his threatre chain will distribute free tickets to children from underprivileged backgrounds.
About his new project Salman said to a local daily that he himself plans to inaugurate the theatre chain. He further added, “There are so many things I want to do in the exhibitor and distributor space, and by turning distributor with Race 3, I have taken my first step in that direction. This chain adds another aspect to my portfolio.” Also about the location of the cinema chain, breaking the status quo he plans to open the ‘Talkies’ on the outskirts of Mumbai instead of opening in the upscale areas like Bandra or Juhu or South Mumbai.
About the rising ticket prices of the theatre he said that “Ticket rates should be brought down to Rs 200-250 for weekends and Rs 120-150 for weekdays, the way it is for regional films. With Hindi films, the numbers are higher but we need the footfalls too.” In the next 10 years he wishes to expand his plan from Maharashtra to other states and has already met several producers, distributors and exhibitors.