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Die-hard Kamal fans from TN make beeline for City theatres

Bangalore, Feb 1, 2013, DHNS:

Crossing borders

Lucknow: Police force deployed at a theatre screening Kamal Haasan's 'Vishwaroopam' in Lucknow on Friday. PTI Photo

The controversy surrounding ‘Vishwaroopam’ hasn’t affected its box-office run in the City, as it seems. Kamal Haasan fans from Tamil Nadu, where the screening of the film is banned, are flocking to the theatres in the City, just to watch the movie.

Ever since its release, the movie has been running to packed houses in the theatres across the City.

Moses G, a die-hard Haasan fan on Friday came all the way from Vellore, as he did not want to miss watching his super hero’s magnum opus.

He said: “I got a matinee ticket at Urvashi Theatre and considered myself lucky to have got the opportunity to see the super hero on the big screen. It is sad that the movie is banned in Tamil Nadu and thousands of Kamal Haasan fans will not get to watch the movie there. I will watch it again in my state, if the ban is lifted.”

Urvashi has four shows and each show has a steady rise in the number of audience. On Thursday and Friday alone, around 75 people came from various parts of Tamil Nadu such as Dharmapuri, Salem, Krishnagiri, Chennai and Hosur to watch ‘Vishwaroopam’.

Ashok, a manager at Urvashi, said: “Around 20 per cent of the movie-watchers comprised people from Tamil Nadu in the last three days. Ever since ‘Vishwaroopam’ has been released, we are getting a positive response and the tickets are selling like hot cakes. Over the last one week, around 10 policemen have been deployed for security.”

S Kamal Venkatesh of Indian King Kamal Haasan Welfare Association, who has been helping people from Tamil Nadu to watch the movie at Urvashi, said: “Most of the people came along with their families. I guess, this will continue for another one week.”

Srinivasa, an auto driver from Neelasandra was paid extra by Kamal Haasan’s fans who had come all the way from Krishnagiri to watch movie in Urvashi.  “I did not even ask them extra. They were more than happy and thrilled after watching the movie, they paid Rs 200 for a short distance from the theatre to Neelasandra,” he added


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