| Fans queue up at Regent Fun Cinemas to buy tickets for Kick in Patna on Thursday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Salman Khan’s Id release is set to Kick up a storm.
In Patna, the film, slotted for 30 shows, got a phenomenal response. The advance bookings opened on Wednesday and by Thursday, seats for Friday’s screenings were booked.
Die-hard Salman fans queued up outside the ticket counters hours before they opened. Abhishek Kumar, 21, a student of BN College stood outside Regent Fun Cinemas for six hours to get the first ticket of Kick starting at 9.30am.
“He came to the counter at 11am on Wednesday and asked for a ticket. We told him that advance bookings would not start before 5pm. He, however, did not leave and waited outside the counter. When the counter opened at 5pm, he purchased a ticket worth Rs 120 and kissed it. He then started shouting: “Mil gaya mil gaya Salman ki film ka ticket mil gaya (I managed to get a ticket for a Salman film),” said Ashish Kumar Singh, manager, Regent Fun Cinemas, who has sported a French beard à la Salman.
He added: “I have never seen such an ardent fan who can wait for so long in these sultry weather condition.”
Among single screens, Regent is the only one not having hiked the ticket price keeping it at Rs 90, Rs 100, Rs 120 in the morning for silver, gold and platinum class, respectively. After 12 noon, tickets were priced Rs 110, Rs 130, Rs 150.
“We did not increase the price like other theatres as people from various economic backgrounds want to watch Salman on the big screen and we don’t want to ignore those sections. It’s not possible for everyone to pay Rs 200 or more for a ticket,” said Suman Kumar Sinha, chairman-cum managing director of Regent Theatre Pvt. Ltd.
However, Mona, Elphinstone and Cinepolis have increased their prices by Rs 20 for all shows.
Movie buffs now have to pay Rs 180 to watch Kick at Mona and Elphinstone, whereas one has to pay Rs 150 for the morning show, Rs 270 for the afternoon screening and Rs 220 for the evening and night shows at Cinepolis.
Morning shows of the next three days at Cinepolis and Mona have sold out.
The enthusiasm and madness was visible on the faces of fans. “I have seen the trailer and it was mind-boggling. Salman is out of this world and the biggest superstar for me. I am mad about him and his films. In this film, he is looking like a superstar and I loved his French-cut beard,” said Ridam Singh, a resident of Boring Canal Road at Cinepolis.
Apart from the Salman factor, many were looking forward to seeing Jacqueline Fernandez on the silver screen. “She is looking gorgeous in the Jumme Ki Raat song,” said Manish Verma, a resident of SP Verma Road.
Experts feel Kick might break the first-day record of Dhoom 3 — the highest grosser in Patna with Rs 21,07,460.
“There is a lot of hype about this film. Releasing at the time of Id, one should not be amazed if it become the highest grosser of 2014,” said R.N.Das, film critic and adviser, Cine Society, Patna.