It was a Sunny Friday under an overcast monsoon sky.
Oodles of oomph and sensuality in telly promos and the much hyped debut of an adult film actress in Bollywood made Ranchi film buffs rush to catch First Day, First Show of Jism 2, directed by Pooja Bhatt.
The “erotic thriller” stars Indo-Canadian actor Sunny Leone as well as Randeep Hooda and Arunnoday Singh. It also has a blink-and-you-miss-it Jharkhand connect — Bokaro boy Imran Zahid as a narcotics officer.
But it is the Sunny factor that is the talking — and viewing — point. “Houseful” was all that was heard about shows till Friday afternoon. The young junta — Plus Two and college students — kept theatres packed.
At standalone Plaza Cinema on HB Road, the 10am show sold out and two others — 12.30pm and 3pm — were blocked in advance. “We have 530 seats, all full. One needn’t explain why the film is a crowd-puller,” manager Dipak Kumar said, adding that tickets were priced at Rs 80, Rs 100 and Rs 120.
Multiplexes also succumbed to the Sunny seduction, costly tickets be damned. At Eylex in Hinoo, show manager Ajit Kumar said they ran 11 shows starting 9.30am across two auditoriums with a 162-seat capacity in each, tickets costing Rs 160. “Tickets sold straightaway for first two shows,” he enthused. “Upto 50 per cent is booked in advance via net and phone.”
The multiplex is also showing last week’s release — adult comedy Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum — but Sunny succeeded in making it uncool, reducing it to one 10.45am show and hardly any footfall.
At Glitz, Total Recall, a remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s guns and fisticuffs feast, this time starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel, is competing with the Sunny appeal. Glitz is also showing Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, The Dark Knight Rises-Batman 3, Cocktail and Bol Bachchan. A hit in metros, threesome romcom Cocktail didn’t give Ranchi youngsters a high. Bol Bachchan wasn’t a hit either.
The other two did better, but Jism 2 openings surpassed them all, said a Glitz official. Tickets cost Rs 100 for the morning show and Rs 160 for others.
“We have six shows each for two of our new releases, Jism 2 and Total Recall, while the rest just have one show each,” the official said.
First show over, the verdict was shining.
“Who wants to miss an international adult film actress in a Bollywood film? But must say Sunny Leone is a lambi race ka ghoda as far as acting goes. The film is her image makeover,” said Vishal Singh of Doranda College.
“The script could have been better. But the film scores on cinematography and songs. Bold scenes aren’t sleazy,” said his friend Ambarish Choudhary.
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