Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Rendezvous with the Superstar

David had never been to a movie theater in India and insisted that this time he wanted to watch a movie in one. I had told him lots about the high energy, enthusiasm and sometimes even craziness of the fans and he wanted to experience this.

In India, when you are a very successful actor, fans do anything and everything for you. There are many times when hardcore fans build temples for their favorite actors, do rituals for them similar to those done for God, whistle and scream in movie theaters, etc. You get the picture.

Rajinikanth is probably the most popular actor is India and has an amazing fan following that is unmatched. Everytime a Rajinikanth movie releases, fans go crazy in the streets, create life size models or posters of him, do prayers for him and the list goes on. This time, with the release of Endhiran, a Rajinikanth-Aishwarya Rai starrer, fans went above and beyond for the movie. There were many news reports about the extent the fans went to for their favorite hero. The movie is a major blockbuster and is still running strong.

I thought this would be a great opportunity for David to discover the true Indian movie theater experience and so my mom made arrangements for us, my aunt and cousin's family to watch the movie the day we arrived. I was worried that since it was a Rajinikanth movie, we wouldn't be able to get tickets easily but my cousin assured me that since it had already released a month ago, there wouldn't be that much of a crowd. We nonetheless planned to get there early to avoid any long queues. My cousin offered to take David on his motorbike and David was only too thrilled to join him! My mom and I made our way to the movie theater by auto and waited for the rest to turn up. While waiting, we took some photos:).

The ticket counter only opened at a certain time and as soon as it did, we made it to the front. There are second class seats at 80 Rupees and first class ones at 100 Rupees and we got the first class tickets.

We got inside and watched people quickly filling up the empty seats. Still, the theater was not all that crowded. Then came the movie and all the robot sci-fi action and at some points, some fans whistled. I was a bit disappointed though that the excitement had died down as the movie had already been running more a month or so...

We thoroughly enjoyed the movie and my cousin's son, Sreesh, was also excited as it was first first movie excursion. After the movie, we went back to Srirangam to order dosai and eat it in our house there.

It was a lovely family outing and I hope to see another Rajinikanth movie in India again!


Superstar said...

Nice memories and good movie too !!!

Gayatri said...

Beautiful Blog, beautiful people and love your pictures.


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