For die-hard Rajnikanth fans like Kani Vazhagin(25), Diwali came early this year when the most-awaited Tamil movie, Enthiran (Robot is the Hindi version) released on Friday.
At Aurora theatre in Matunga, the stage is set for month-long festivities with a three-storey high cut-out of the ‘God’ himself at the entrance along with banana plants and fairy lights that make the venue look nothing short of a Tamilian wedding.
Having roped in an extravagant budget and a team including music composer AR Rahman and technicians who gave the world Matrix and Kill Bill putting in their best, fans feel Enthiran is India’s answer to Hollywood.
“Enthiran is better than any Hollywood movie, it’s not just a Tamil masala film,” said an excited Ganesh Pillai (18), who was on his way to watch his second show of the day, after having paid Rs 220 for a ticket that would normally cost him Rs 60.
Long queues of ardent fans paid their respects to the cardboard cut-out of their star as they waited for tickets since 5 am.
“Any amount of money for this film is worth it. I wouldn’t mind spending even more,” said Vighnesh Sudarmani (18), who is accompanying his friends for the second show on Friday. He also has tickets booked for three shows on Sunday when he will come with his family.
Fans are excited to see what new stunts, styles and dialogues Rajnikanth has in store this time. “We love how he flips his goggles and how he can make the chewing gum bounce from his hands to his mouth. We’ve tried to do but, of course we can’t. No one can, he’s Rajnikant,” said an awestruck Satish M (17) as his entire group of 35 friends gang up to trip on their favorite hero wooing Aishwarya Rai at picturesque locations across the world.
A special team of police officers deployed to keep black ticket sellers at bay say the crowd is like “never before”. “We have been here since morning and will probably be here all week looking at the crowds,” said a constable, requesting anonymity.