Reclined chairs, with 270-300 seating arrangement in a hall, sound effects and a huge screen projecting Thalaivar Rajinikanth’s upcoming film Kabali, along with five-star food and beverages – that was the concept thought out by some star hotels to transform their banquet halls into cinema halls for Rs 1300 a ticket.
Some five-star hotels of Bengaluru – JW Mariott, Lalit Ashok, Royal Orchid, etc – decided to bring Thalaivar to their premises by organising a special screening of Kabali for the first 3 days after its release on July 22. If Chennai was going all out with innovative ideas to give Kabali the star treatment it deserved, why would its neighbour Bengaluru be left behind? After all, the city prides in the fact that Rajinikanth hails from there.
However, the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) opposed this move claiming that the hotels do not have proper licenses to do this.
“This is done in violation of the cinematography act. There is no provision for them to do this. We have written to the government to look into this and stop the screening,” DR Jairaj, Vice President, KFCC, said.
KFCC members also added that if hotels begin to screen movies, theatre owners will suffer losses.
So, despite claiming that licenses are in place and the show will go on, the screening of Kabali in five-star hotels, now, stand cancelled. The hotels will be refunding the tickets.
Abhishek Roy, Assistant Director (Food and Beverage), JW Mariott, Bengaluru had earlier said, “Three months of planning went into it. And we are happy. For those who haven’t managed to get those tickets in the theatres, we ensure they aren’t disappointed.” In fact, all four shows from 10am to 10pm for the first two days were housefull at the hotel.
Now, the disappointed Rajini fans who literally wanted to reach for the stars will be making a beeline to the theatres so they don’t miss the fiery opening, because itâ€™s Neruppu Da!
Kabali, directed by Pa Ranjith, co-starring Radhika Apte will release in theatres worldwide on Friday (July 22).