No extra charges for booking your movie ticket online

In a decision that will bring a smile to many moviegoers, the Bombay High Court on March 4 ordered the Government of Maharashtra to issue a circular to all cinema and multiplex owners to provide a facility to book tickets online without charging any handling or internet service charge. The Government has 2 weeks to issue this circular to all theaters and multiplexes in the state, while the theaters and multiplexes have up to 4 weeks to implement the order.

Till recently, a charge of either 10% or Rs 30 would be added to the cost of the movie ticket while purchasing a ticket online under the garb of “internet handling fee”, “service charge” or “convenience fee” especially on websites such as However under the law, while theater owners had been granted the permission to sell tickets online, they had outsourced this to private websites that led to the consumer having to bear the brunt.

The Bombay High Court was hearing a petition filed by Big Tree Entertainment that operates and a Public Interest Petition filed by advocate Sunil Lulla. The court had earlier last year questioned the need for such charges and queried the Government as to why their own GR wasn’t being implemented.

What remains to be seen is, if theaters will indeed build their own online ticketing mechanisms and also would they increase prices of movie tickets again to cushion the blow.



  • robin

    Now book my show is charging internet handling fees for booking a ticket. Some one stop this highway robbery.

    • Rupesh Paraswar

      BMS looting ppl again

  • Rupesh Paraswar

    Why BMS started charging Internet Handling fees again????????????????????????

  • vivek

    Why this Book my show started charging Internet handling fees again.. Do we have some other app to book online movie ticket.

    • vijay

      Do not book the tickets on Book My Show. In some days as their sale decreases they will stop this loot…also Govt should take necessary action as this is contempt of the High Court

  • Rahul

    Book my show has started the Internet Handling charges again.

  • Robi

    Book my show & pvr cinemas started internet handling charges

  • Abhishek

    Surprised to see that BMS has started charging Internet handling fee on all ticket bookings in Maharashtra. They say they got the orders from government.



  • Techie

    Someone please give alternative to BMS. This is not good for us. I lost 74Rs. booking 3 tickets. This is loot.
    Exactly what happened with flipkart (free delivery).

  • Samar

    What nonsene….I lost 55 Rs for 2 tickets yest.. What is worse was to see the seats vacant , which otherwise showed full on BookMyshow…..they are crooks !!

  • santosh

    They are still charging me……Book my Show is above the the case of Law……. This is ridiculous..yesterday I booked ticket through net for Haider and I was charged…..Fraud….!!

  • Succinct

    I am not sure of the validity of this article. At this point in time, so called Big cinema is charging around Rs.15-20 as convenience charges in major multiplexes in Maharashtra.

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