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Dhoom rides high on good start

- Advance tickets fly off the counters, industry pundits predict blockbuster

The year is set to end with a Dhoom.

If advance bookings are anything to go by, the Aamir Khan-starrer Dhoom 3 is a blockbuster in the waiting.

Theatre authorities believe that the Vijay Krishna Acharya film starring Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra and Jackie Shroff could break all box office records this year-end.

The film has so far been slotted for 21 shows — Cinepolis (8), Regent (5), Mona (4), Elphinstone (4). However, the number of shows would increase after its December 20 release. The first show in all four theatres, at the time of filling the report, was houseful. Other shows, too, are fast filling up.

Residents, mostly youngsters, thronged the theatres in groups on Monday to book Dhoom 3 tickets in advance. At Cinepolis, the advance booking got underway a day earlier.

“I am the biggest fan of Aamir Khan. I have never missed any of his films. My curiosity for Dhoom 3 increased ever since I came to know that Aamir is playing the role of a master thief. I have watched John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan as thieves in earlier Dhoom films. Now, I want to see how my favourite actor fits into the role of a con,” said Manoranjan Kumar, a resident of Kankerbagh, who had come to book seats at Regent Fun Cinemas for a group of 20.

He, however, had to be content with just 16 because the rest were sold out.

However, if you had thought Aamir and Katrina were the major draws for the film, read on.

“Whatever people talk about the acting skills of Abhishek Bachchan, I like him in assistant commissioner of police Jai Dixit’s role. Uday Chopra as Ali is cute. I love their on-screen chemistry. That’s one of the reasons why I want to watch Dhoom 3,” Boring Road resident Santosh Kumar said.

If Jai-Ali wasn’t too good a catch, there’s tap dancing by the leading man.

“No doubt, Aamir is a versatile actor but this time he has done something extraordinary by learning tap-dancing. His antics show how much effort he has put into the film,” said Rashmi Kumari, a resident of Patliputra Colony at Cinepolis.

Aamir acquired the skill from acclaimed Australian choreographer Dein Perry.

Since every good thing comes at a price, Dhoom 3, too would be a pricey affair. Except Regent Fun Cinemas, the other three cinemas have increased the ticket prices.

It has increased by Rs 30 in Cinepolis. Watching the film before 12noon will cost Rs 170 and till 9pm it will cost Rs 300. After 9pm, it will come down to Rs 270. In Mona and Elphinstone, a single ticket will cost Rs 200, a rise of Rs 20.

On the advance bookings, Abhishek Ranjan, the manager of Cinepolis, said: “It is the most awaited film of 2013. I expect it to break all records at the BO.”