| Youths wait to buy tickets for Vishwaroop at a city cinema on Thursday. Picture by Jai Prakash |
Banned in Chennai, fine in Patna.
Actor Kamal Haasan’s baby — Vishwaroop — has found screen space in the state capital without stirring any controversy. The Rs 100-crore multi-lingual film will hit the city theatres on Friday minus protests from any groups unlike in other states.
Cinepolis and Regent would screen three shows each every day. Mona has slotted one for the Tamil spy thriller.
As far as the advance booking is concerned, Vishwaroop is doing well compared to the animated 3D film, Hotel Transylvania, which too releases on Friday.
“If you see the trend in Patna, advance booking is never good unless it is a film like Dabangg. Yet, the advance booking for Vishwaroop in the past two days is worth appreciating,” said Cinepolis manager Abhishek Ranjan.
He added that those who have booked the advance tickets did not enquire much about the film but relied heavily on the film’s trailer.
“They (audience) want to watch a film that is packed with action and thrill. So far, 20 per cent of the tickets have been booked. This is quite a good trend as far as Patna is concerned. After seeing the footfall on the first day, we might increase the number of shows,” Ranjan said.
AN College student Vineet Kumar (23) said: “After watching the trailer of the film, I think the action is nothing short of a Hollywood flick. Those who would watch the film would watch it again. The theatres should have more number of shows.”
Unlike in Tamil Nadu, where the film faces a ban at present, the posters of Vishwaroop could be seen almost everywhere in the city. Many passers-by are stopping to take a look at the posters on the road.
Regent manager George has great expectations from the film because “people will surely like a spy thriller despite all its controversies”.
The Saagar star from the south has proved that his fan base is spread far and wide.
“It’s a different matter that Kamal Haasan has expressed disappointment over the ban on the film in his own state and has said that he would find a secular country where his work would be accepted and appreciated. But, we want to watch him as long as he can perform. He is one of the finest actors India has produced. I fail to understand why there is such a hullabaloo over the film,” said Ramesh Singh (20), a Kamal Haasan fan.
The Kankerbagh resident believed everyone should be sporting like actor Salman Khan, who has come out in full support of the 58-year-old actor.
Salman posted on micro-blogging site Twitter: “It (Vishwaroop) is just a movie and there are only two kinds of movies good or bad, hit and flop and only people who decide are ones who buy tickets. Hope each and every fan of his supports him like I am doing and want all my fans to fully support him.”
Expressing his happiness over the film’s release in Patna, Sharad Gupta, the manager of Mona theatre, said: “We would run three shows of Vishwaroop. Its release would end the box-office lull after Dabangg 2.”