As usual, as it happened with every big film after Katamarayudu, Hyderabad Police Department (as of now) has refused permission for Agnyaathavaasi Midnight Shows. Whether the Distributor will opt for Paid Premieres (Night Shows) like Baahubali 2 is not clear yet. Baahubali 2 and Arjun Reddy has special premiers in Hyderabad instead of midnight benefit shows. The shows started from 9PM without any disturbance in midnight and more importantly were priced at normal ticket rates. No special pricing was applied.
In Agnyaathavaasi’s case, the production house and distributors tried their level best to bring back the benefit show culture to Hyderabad. 14 shows were planned for screening post 1 AM tomorrow. Tickets were estimated going around Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 3,000. The Hyderabad Police as expectedly denied permission for such special shows showing traffic issues in midnight and high ticket prices as reasons. It’s clear, there wouldn’t be any benefit show.
However, the unit can still try for special premiers at normal ticket prices from 9PM today. There are slim chances for that too as it is already noon of 9th January. Agnyaathavaasi is expected to lose share on crore at least with this just like Spyder and Jai Lava Kusa. Even those biggies didn’t have any special benefit shows in the city.
Other side, benefit shows have been permitted in Andhra Pradesh. The CBN government is expectedly flexible for the Pawan Kalyan starrer. Huge numbers and day 1 records are expected from both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.