The theatres screening Rajinikanth starrer movie Endhiran in Bangalore have been raided by the Karnataka Commercial Tax department. Most these theatres had hiked the ticket price by up to three times and owners of these theatres have been slapped with a fine of Rs 5 lakh.
The Tax department held the raids to check for tax evasion after it was hinted that theatres screening Endhiran had hiked the admission rates without taking prior approval. Entertainment tax for non-Kannada films is 30 per cent. But these theatres were collecting Rs 200 to Rs 300 per ticket without prior approval.
Meanwhile, It is also reported the distributors of Endhiran have violated the rules of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. The KFCC had allowed them to release it in only 24 theatres, but it is said to have been released in100 theatres in Karnataka. Sources claim that it is being screened in 58 theatres in south Karnataka including Bangalore.