City finds Fanaa easier than the Code!
IT REQUIRED no ?sifarash? (endorsement) from the chand (moon). Like mice followed the Pied Piper, Lucknowites followed their heart to get fanaa (devastated) by the histrionic blitzkrieg of the two best actors of Hindi filmdom cast as romantic lead for the first time.india Updated: May 27, 2006 00:17 IST
IT REQUIRED no ‘sifarash’ (endorsement) from the chand (moon). Like mice followed the Pied Piper, Lucknowites followed their heart to get fanaa (devastated) by the histrionic blitzkrieg of the two best actors of Hindi filmdom cast as romantic lead for the first time.
“The audience just loved it,” says Rajesh Tandon, manager Novelty (Lalbagh & Aliganj), the single-screen theatre where the Aamir Khan-Kajol film released on Friday. “All our shows are booked for the next three days,” he gushed, adding that the balcony of the Lalbagh Theatre had been air-conditioned specially on the occasion, “to give audience a feel of Srinagar”, that forms the backdrop of the film.
Throughout the second half (we’ve heard it’s shot in Poland, not Kashmir) there’s a snowstorm and brings virtual relief from the sultry, humid weather.
Besides the charm of seeing Aamir Khan and Kajol is harder to resist for their fans than the weather.
“We never had any issues with producers/distributors and our schedule was chalked out well in advance. We have hiked the ticket rate to Rs 120 on weekends and Rs 100 on weekdays,” said manager Wave Dheeraj Sharma, where the film has nine shows a day, all of which are booked till Tuesday.
So, how does the movie do in terms of crowds when compared with Da Vinci Code, the other major release of the week?
“Obviously, Hindi films fare better in Lucknow, so, it’s Fanaa all the way,” says Ashish Negi of PVR, running seven shows a day, all booked till Sunday. “We decided on releasing the film late, but our ticket fares are unchanged.” The film has made waves across the country for various reasons, but how did it go with the audience?
“An Aamir film has to be seen in the theatre,” said Shaizy after the show. “But this one is 18 reels too long. Kajol is impressive but Aamir’s potential remains untapped. Action mein bhi mazaa nahin aaya.”
The verdict would be out later. But as of now the ‘House Full’ board is right up.