Contrary to the verdict, the organizers of the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) announced on Saturday that online booking of tickets would not require watching movies till January 11-15.
The KIFF committee said in a notification that representatives, guests or those holding press cards will be able to watch the films at the festival from January 11.
Earlier, representative card holders could only watch movies for which they had booked a slot, but under the new rule, they would be able to watch any film.
KIFF organizers had earlier mandated the online ticketing system to watch movies on all eight days of the festival starting on Friday.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is not well versed with the online booking technique from the organizers and something can be done for those who already have cards for some films.
“Online bookings for theaters for the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival through BookMyShow will be awarded by January 10, 2021 and seats will be reserved accordingly (two days prior booking is specified). Viewers will be able to avail their booking till 10th.
“From 11 January until the end of the festival, online ticket booking will not be required. Representatives, presses and guest cards will be awarded for admission to shows that follow COVID norms and physical disturbances, ”the notification stated.