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MFF 2012 diary: DAY 4

A look at the events in the fourth day of the Mumbai Film Festival.

bollywood Updated: Oct 23, 2012 15:56 IST

A look at the events in the fourth day of the Mumbai Film Festival.

MasterChef Australia’s celebrity judges made an appearance at the festival to the delegates’ surprise. George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan didn’t speak to the media, they said they were there only to enjoy the films. When they stood up to wave at the delegates in the theatre, the audience burst into a massive round of applause.

At around 7 pm, news of Yash Chopra’s demise began flashing across news channels and spread like wildfire. Before the 8.15 pm show at Inox, the audience maintained a two-minute silence in respect. After Jaya Bachchan’s acting master class was cancelled, the open forum discussions on premium ticket prices at theatres on weekends was also called off as the personalities were all heading to the hospital for condolence visits.

Delegates at Inox were booking more than one ticket per pass. Then, minutes before the screenings, those who couldn’t make it for the screening were either scrambling to get rid of the tickets or wasting bookings. Shows that were ‘houseful’ at the box-office were actually running relatively empty.

Initially, delegates could only get tickets to the films an hour in advance. On Monday, after many complaints, the organisers tweaked — or as the Tweet reads, ‘improvised’ — the system.

They posted on Twitter, “Considering your suggestion, entry system at Inox is improvised. Now you can pick three shows’ passes of 10am, 12pm and 3.30pm in one go. But for remaining shows ie 5.30pm and 8.30pm, you will have to line up again. These two show passes you can
pick together (sic)”

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