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Bookings point to SRK rule on Diwali

Youngsters queue up at the Cinepolis counter to book tickets for Jab Tak Hai Jaan on Friday. Picture by Jai Prakash

SRK’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan seems to have surged ahead in the race against Ajay Devgn’s Son of Sardaar even before their scheduled release on Diwali.

The multiplexes opened their counters for advance booking on Wednesday, hoping to cash in on the Yash Chopra swansong. And the diehard fans of SRK were ready to get hold of the tickets for the first day first show. “The race is actually between SRK’s fans and Bihari girl Sonakshi Sinha’s fans. Lekin picture abhi baki hai (The picture is yet to end),” said Abhishek Ranjan, the unit manager of Cinepolis.

Talking about the booking trend for the SRK-starrer, Ranjan said: “We will decide on the number of shows once the advance bookings for the first day are done.” When asked about the advance bookings for Son of Sardaar, the unit manager added: “We had conducted a poll on our Facebook page about which film the cine lovers would opt to go. Jab Tak Hai Jaan got 724 votes, leaving Son of Sardaar far behind at 293 votes. Fifty-one per cent seats for the first day first show of Jab Tak Hai Jaan at 9.45am have been booked, while 19 per cent of the seats are full for the five shows scheduled on the first day.”

Four back-to-back shows at Regent multiplex near Gandhi Maidan are houseful. Regent manager George said: “We have not yet planned about the advance bookings for Son of Sardaar.” Asked about the reason behind the decision, George explained: “The fan following of Ajay Devgn is good among the youths. So we have decided to open the advance bookings on November 12, a day before the film release.”

However, the fans had a different take on this.

Pulkit Singh, a student of Zakir Husain College, who has a circle of 13 friends, said: “We have decided to watch Son of Sardaar on the 13th. We have tried to book the tickets in advance but the ticket windows for advance bookings have not yet opened.” Asked about the reason behind their choice of Son of Sardaar over Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Pulkit said his friends and he were more interested in the horse stunt by Ajay Devgn rather than watching a love triangle.

“SRK fans have booked around 75 per cent of the seats for the first show, while the matinee show is houseful on the first day,” said Sharad, the manager of Mona cineplex. He added that the counters have been opened for patrons from November 7. When asked about the shows of Son of Sardaar, he said: “We are still thinking about the shows for Son of Sardaar, as we fear about the footfall of patrons both because of SRK and Diwali.”