Maharshi’s producer Dil Raju has clarified that some theatres will, in fact, hike ticket prices for the film. “There has been some miscommunication, which I'd like to clarify. The Telangana government had initially granted its consent for a fifth show and not the increase in ticket prices. However, some exhibitors approached the court to appeal for the hike and subsequently, they were imparted permission for the same,” he said.
The producer then went on to justify and said, “It’s a big budget movie. Besides, it’s been fairly conspicuous lately that most films earn a majority of their share in the first week only. So I’m honestly in no position to disapprove the increase in ticket prices. Although it’s new to Telangana, theatres in Andhra Pradesh have been charging the audience a lot on the first day of any big film.”
About the fifth show, he explained, “In Andhra Pradesh, the fifth show usually begins at 5 am, unless theatres are given permission to screen late at night. However, Telangana is not very familiar with this trend. We now have a license to screen the fifth show but it shall be aired at 8 am in single screen cinema halls only”
Dil Raju added that the film will globally release in 2000 movie theatres. “This is a record in its own right. Maharshi happens to stand second on the list after Baahubali to be released in so many theatre halls!” he exclaimed.