The hike in ticket price has been asked for because the budget of this magnum opus has scaled as much as Rs 25 crore. The Government will then have to issue a special GO, a custom which has been observed earlier also with regard to many other movies. To recover as much as at least a sizeable fraction of the budget the producers are demanding a hike in the ticket rates in Kerala.
Though many reasons have been attributed to the delay in the release of the movie, the latest reason is undoubtedly the issue of the hike in the ticket price. The CPM government in Kerala has not been in favour of an increase in the ticket rates as it will have its effect on the common people. Pazhassi Raja written by MT Vasudevan Nair and directed by Hariharan has Mammootty in the lead role.