Legislative Council member Tara on Wednesday urged the government to come to the aid of the film industry by setting up a film city near Ramanagaram.

Participating in the discussion on the State Budget, the actor congratulated Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for his benevolent gesture towards the industry in increasing subsidy for Kannada films.

She said the one and only Kanteerava Studios in Bangalore was insufficient for the industry where over one hundred movies are produced in a year.

She said outdoor shooting was becoming more difficult each passing day with several regulations and permissions weighing it down. Ms. Tara also urged the government to give sanction to building at least two small-screen theatres together in the event of a single-screen theatre being demolished. She said many single-screen theatres were being razed and complexes built in their place.

She also urged the government to fix a cap on the ticket price at multi-screen theatres on the lines of neighbouring States where the maximum price of a ticket is Rs. 100.

Theatre owners have been collecting charges at their will, with prices ranging from Rs. 100 to Rs. 3,000. Exorbitant pricing has affected viewership, with viewers preferring to watch movies at home, with pirated discs, she said.