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Sivaji advance booking: ticket rates-Rs. 1600!
By Behindwoods News Bureau.
March 16, 2007
Sivaji is all set to release on the 12th of April and the excitement is palpable. Everyone wants to watch the movie in theaters on the first day. The expectations generated by Sivaji have been unprecedented. Not only is this Rajini's first movie in two years after the huge success of
Chandramukhi, it is also the first time that the man with the Midas touch, Shankar has directed Rajini. Add to it the fact that A.R.Rahman has scored the music and that AVM has spared no expense in making the movie on a lavish scale; we know that we have a high quality product coming our way. Who would not want to watch such a movie in theaters when it is just a day or just hours old? Even Chandramukhi had witnessed crowds that had refused to die down for weeks after the release. So it would only make sense to assume that the crowds this time round are going to be close to unmanageable.

The better part of the crowd that swarms theaters during the first two weeks of a Rajini film consists of the hardcore Rajini loyalists belonging to any of the numerous fans' associations. They take pride and honor from being the first ones to see a Rajini film on the big screen. This time round too they want to retain their position of pride. But taking into account the interest that the general public is taking in Sivaji and also the fact that ticket rates have a ceiling this time, it is not going to be easy for the fans of Rajini to monopolize theaters during the first few days.

But the loyalists that they are, they have found a way to work around this problem; if tickets cannot be bought or booked at counters, then book them even before tickets are available at counters. Confused, read further.

A scheme has been devised by Rajini and his close associates to enable his long standing loyal supporters catch Sivaji in theaters without any hassles. Advance booking for Sivaji tickets is still a few weeks away, but the fans have already got their tickets. Not exactly tickets, but tokens that will get them tickets at counters. The Central Rajini fans association is issuing tokens to constituent Rajini fans associations which can be exchanged for tickets at theaters.

The scheme is as follows. The head of a fans association can obtain a token by paying a sum of Rs. 1600. The token can be exchanged for twenty tickets at any theater playing Sivaji over the first five days after Sivaji's release. The token can be used to get four tickets a day over the five day period. Each ticket has been priced at Rs. 50. So, the total cost of 20 tickets is Rs. 1000. The balance Rs. 600 is a caution deposit which will be refunded later. So, every Rajini fan will be satisfied at having been able to watch their idol on screen before most people have, they surely will have a story to tell.

Distribution of tokens has been going on for a few days now at the Raghavendra Auditorium in Chennai. Also, a word of caution….. if you are currently hatching any plot to obtain a token-ticket, then beware. Any misuse of this facility meant only for Rajini fans will be met with legal action.

This is an offer meant only for registered members of registered Rajini fans associations of the state.
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