It's been two days since the State Government ordered to temporarily close cinema theatres, malls amongst scores of other directions with regard to public gathering and events as preventive measures against the deadly virus - COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease).
However, the online ticketing portal - Book My Show seems to be functioning as usual with no concern or care to the order issued in public interest by the State Government.
A day after Chitraloka exposed BMS for functioning as usual despite the one week ban on screening movies in the State, no action has been taken against it. More shockingly, Chitraloka learnt that BMS continued to operate as tickets for a Tamil Movie - Asura Guru in Mysuru's Rajkamal theatre got booked with confirmation for the morning show (10.15 am) on Sunday, 15 March.
On Saturday, one ticket for Shivarjuna movie was booked for Rs 124.60 for 2.30 pm show in Robin theatre and whereas for Mayabazar movie the ticket costed Rs 142.60 for 4.30 on show in Triveni theater in Gandhinagar. Insofar as the Tamil movie, the ticket costed Rs. 151.96.
"Firstly, BMS has shown no respect to the State Government's order and secondly it has not shown any signs to mend itself. Like Chitraloka, there would be several thousands who would have booked tickets assuming that the screening of movies is back to normal. We have not received any refunds for the tickets booked on Saturday. What is the fate of such similar translations by the moviegoers since the screenings has been stopped for a week? Looks like all it (BMS) cares is for the money from moviegoers and not their safety and good health," said Chitraloka editor Mr K M Veeresh.
He further adds that with still no refunds on the booked tickets, the State Government can easily find the transactions on account of GST payments.
The State Government should immediately take note of Book My Show's audacity to function despite the ban on movie screenings and should conduct an enquiry into it since it involves financial transactions, he adds.
Further, Mr. Veeresh said that he will be lodging a complaint with regard to the matter pertaining to BMS on Monday with both Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) and Producer's Association.
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