Sunday, September 26, 2010

Enthiran’s tickets sold out within minutes in Tamil Nadu - DNA India

Enthiran’s tickets sold out within minutes in Tamil Nadu
Published: Sunday, Sep 26, 2010, 0:18 IST
By D Ram Raj | Place: Chennai | Agency: DNA

Science fiction film Enthiran (Robot), which is to release on October 1, is living up to every bit of its hype. Theatres across Tamil Nadu have closed their ‘advance bookings’, just hours after the counters were opened. Huge queues of young and old, men and women were seen in theatres across the state, all trying to get a ticket to see the latest Rajinikanth film.

“People have already booked for all advanced tickets to up to a week. A lot of bookings happened online, so much so that many servers crashed,” a film industry source said. In some of the state’s districts, Rajinikanth fans were seen performing aarathis to the film’s posters and breaking coconuts to wish the film good luck.

Fans who were able to get tickets for the first show were seen rejoicing, sharing sweets and in some places even bursting crackers. “I have been watching Rajini movies on the first day of their release. And I will also be watching Enthiran’s first show,” Sathish, a staunch Rajini fan, remarked. And there was heart-break for those who could not get tickets. “I was hoping to get a ticket for the first show, tickets were sold out within minutes,” a young girl in Chennai, who identified herself as Mala said.

According to sources, a record 2,250 prints have been made for the simultaneous launch of the film directed by S Shankar. The film is expected to be released in over 2,000 theatres in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. AR Rahman has scored the background music and Aishwarya Rai co-stars with Rajinikanth in the film.

Theatre officials were seen remarking that they expected a huge turnout for advance bookings, but this exceeded all expectations.

Some, like a popular multiplex on the East Coast Road, Chennai is expected to screen up to 60 shows a day, the highest ever for a single film in India.