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Middle East : Sivaji The Boss Movie FDFS Celebrations



United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Galleria Cineplex - Dubai

 SIVAJI has created many records not only in Tamilnadu, but in almost all the foreign countries.

The biggest surprise is the GCC countries in which Sivaji has been received in a very grand manner and the tickets are not available for another one week. We are in constant touch with all the theatres across and we are getting the answer that they never witnessed this kind of response for any movie and the tickets are selling like hot pancakes, even after a week time, which is definitely a rarest of rare phenomenon.

The happenings here in UAE are tremendous. There was a huge expectation for Sivaji and it was visible from the celebration that took place in all the theatres, where Sivaji was released. People standing outside the theatre, for their show, were shouting and becoming restless when the previous show was running inside the theatre. The theatre authorities in Sharjah were forced to call the police to control the crowd. People with their families thronged the theatres like attending their family marriage or some other festivals. Its not only the Tamil population, who are waiting to see the movie but people from different parts of the world are coming to watch the movie just to know why there is so much of talks about this movie in particular and why so many people are rushing to get their tickets.

 

Eldorado Cinema Hall - Adudhabi

We really enjoyed watching the movie here in UAE and it is distinctly evident from the attached photographs and video clips. One of our members Mr.Siva has sent few snaps from Abu Dhabi showing the crowd in Eldarado Theatre at Abu Dhabi. It was never seen crowd for any movie till now. Also attached are pictures showing celebration in Concorde Theatre at Sharjah. It has a huge seating capacity of 1000+ and it is full for another one week. We also heard from neighbouring countries of GCC that the response is very good, encouraging and overwhelming, especially Qatar, Oman and Kuwait.

In Kuwait, the movie was houseful for a week through advance booking, which is unheard in any movie history. They expect that Sivaji will run for more than a month in all GCC countries like UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.

Concord Cinema - Sharjah
Attached is also a photograph, which is definitely new to Dubai because of two reasons.

1. The board shows only 5 tickets per head / person

2. Ticket price AED 30/- per ticket


They normally issue any number of tickets, but then they were forced to reduce the no. of tickets per person to 5, due to the heavy demand.

Normally the ticket price is only AED or Dhs.20/-, but on seeing the tremendous demand from the day of release of Audio Cassette / CD, they have revised the price to AED / Dirhams 30/-, only for SIVAJI.

First of its kind in the history of UAE, even the advance booking is full and even on weekdays, all shows are full. Believe it people, I am talking about UAE (Middle East), a Gulf Country and not about any other place. All this can happen for the one and only man, OUR SUPERSTAR.

PERA SONNA SUMMA ULAGAME ATHIRUTHILLA……………

Deepa

Moderator, UAE

 

Bahrain

An Indian film is proving so popular in Bahrain that it is the only movie being shown at two theatres and tickets are selling on the black market. Sivaji - The Boss stars Rajinikanth, one of the highest paid actors in India, along with Vivek, Suman and Shreya. The Tamil movie was first released at Al Hamra Cinema on Friday, but proved so popular that screenings started at Awal Cinema, said Bahrain Cinema Company marketing and public relations head Sunil Balan.

All four shows in each theatre saw 0 per cent occupancy, with almost 90pc of seats booked on Wednesday.

"This movie has made a historic mark in Bahrain because it is the first time that more than one theatre is showing only one movie over and over," said Mr Balan.

"Previously, a movie would be shown at Al Hamra and Awal on the same days, but not for all the shows.

"This is also the first time we have experienced 0pc occupancy in our theatres for any movie just an hour after the release.

"The seats for all the shows at both theatres are 90pc booked already for the next week - a record.

"We have never experienced anything like this before and our decision seems right."

Mr Balan added the movie was expected to run in Bahrain for at least a month and nearly 5,000 people saw it on Friday alone.

He admitted hearing that tickets for the movie were being sold on the black market, but wouldn't comment further.

"I've heard that tickets for the movie are being sold on the black market," he said.

"We don't want it to happen and are thinking of putting a check on it."

Accountant Vijay Kumar, who saw the debut show, told the GDN that the long wait was worth it.

"The long wait is not a waste; the hype is not a facade," he said.

"The hullabaloo is not hogwash - Rajinikanth has proved himself.

"The movie is simply stunning, splendid and superb.

"It surpasses all expectations and wins over all hearts.

"It is fantastic, wonderful and admirable. Passions soar. Spirits run high. Breathtaking moments flash every now and then - words indeed cannot describe the movie and it's the effect on you.

"Sivaji is Rajini's best."

Construction worker R Palanisami who also saw the movie on Friday said he doesn't regret paying BD5 for a ticket on the black market.

"Some of us had to pay BD5 for a ticket to watch the movie because we are die-hard fans of Rajinikanth," he said.

"We only get an off day on Friday and paid a taxifare to get to Manama from Durrat Al Bahrain.

"We have also conducted prayers at the temple for Sivaji to be a great hit and our prayers have been answered.

"This film is titled Sivaji to commemorate the memory of late actor Sivaji Ganesan.

"Another interesting point is the real name of Rajini is Sivaji Rao."

A company supervisor P Ashok, who does not understand the language well, said he could understand the hype.

"I was apprehensive to be honest because I am not a Rajini fan and could never understand the frenzy that he whips up every time his movie is released," said Mr Ashok.

"But catching Sivaji on the first day, I could understand why after I saw it. I enjoyed the movie thoroughly despite the language barrier.

"Several people, despite not having tickets, were present just to partake in the fun."

Some of the biggest icons of the Indian film industry came together for the movie, including director Shankar, music director A R Rahman and AVM Productions.

In the movie, which runs for three hours and six minutes, Rajinikanth plays Sivaji, the one-man demolition squad against black money.

It is the most expensive film ever made in the history of Indian cinema, costing Rs950 million (BD9m), and was released at an estimated 900 screens worldwide.

In every country it was released, tickets sold out for the first two weeks.

The film took 19 months to be completed and missed its original screening date of May 31.

begena@gdn.com.bh

Courtesy : http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=185443&Sn=BNEW&IssueID=30089

 

Muscat (Oman)

I Watched the movie on the second day of the release as the theatre is not encouraging advance booking and we peoples were living 200 kms away from the theatre where it released. The Theatre management issued special order that a person can carry only 6 tickets. during the time of booking one of our friend working in MUSCAT went to the theatre at 8:30 eventhough the bookings will start only after 9:30. there was a long queue for the second day booking. I heard from various peoples that the queue is the first time in oman for seeing the film and that too for booking.

Lot of House wifes turned to the theatre to watch the movies. they could see lot of office workers came to book the tickets wearing tie. I missed all those.

For the Record SHIVAJI is running Five Shows except on FRIDAY's.

We reached the theatre hall around 9:00 PM. We bought the tickets for 10:30 SHOW. When we asked the theatre guys they told the show would start not less than 11:15 as interval is just finished for the previous show. So we waited outside and getting reports from the other those who watched the earlier day.

Suddenly people started moving inside. with in few minutes we dont know from where the peoples joined the queue. even after the booking is made theatre management asked to form a queue as they have not mentioned the Seat Numbers in the ticket as they have not expected this much crowd. i could sense more than 300 standing in a line till 11:00. as time moves on the entire theatre is fully surrounded by the peoples. 

Finally the Previous show ended at 11:20 and we could see lot of peoples coming and nodding the head like Motta Boss. lots of smile in their faces.

at 11:30 Night Queue started moving in. Took few minutes to settle in seats.
11:50 They Started showing the Ayngaran Logo. followed by the trailer of SULTAN THE WARRIOR. Full Silent. till they showed the name SHIVAJI, Lot of sounds from the fans even at 12:00 Mid night. several hey hey Sounds. lot of claps in the middle. Got various comments from the friends in the interval. Could sense lot of fans humming the songs with lot of claps. At the End every one trying to pretend like motta boss. The Show ended at 3:00 Early Morning.

I wish to see the movie the next day but my friends forced me and taken me with them. I came back to SOHAR with them the next day. the next Week i told all my friends who accompanied me the previous week that am going for a meeting. actually there was a meeting which i am supposed to attend. but i should have returned back on the same day but i haven't. On the next day myself and my another Friend Mr. Vijay planned to see Shivaji. He also watched the movie the previous week. we went there to the theatre assuming that there will be a show @ 1:30 PM. Unfortunately they reduced the shows from 5 to 3. so the show will start only at 3:15 PM. So we to Annapurna (OMAN EXPRESS Restaurant) to have our lunch. earlier our plans was to skip the lunch. Our another friend called and told us that he will also join. So we all reached the theatre @ 3:00 and got the tickets for the 3:15 Show. This time not much crowd but still there was some bookings going on for the evening and night shows.

In the Theatre i saw another friend Mr. Chandrasekar. He was told by one of my friend living in sohar (Mr. Mahadevan) that see around you will definitely find RAVI there. he was searching for me in the theatre. and finally he found me. we all enjoyed watching the movie.

It was a great experience for me as this is the first film am seeing abroad. That too standing in a big line.

I am planning to go to must this week end also if possible will watch the movie.

Cool Buddy......
Take Action Camera OFF....

Cheers
Ravindran R.
SOHAR, SULTANATE OF OMAN

 

Qatar

பல நாடுகளிலும் சிவாஜி வெளியிடபோவது பற்றி முன்னமே பல அறிவிப்புகள் வெளியான நிலையில் கத்தார் பற்றிய ஒரு செய்தியும் இல்லாத காரணத்தில் ரசிகர்கள் மனதில் ஒரு சோர்வு வியாழன் வரைக்கும் இருந்தது. 

 ஆனாலும் பல ரசிகர்கள் ஒரு நம்பிக்கையுடன் இருநதனர் அதற்கு காரணம் சென்ற முறை சந்திரமுகி வெளியிடப்பட்டதுதான். 

அந்த நம்பிக்கை பொய்க்காதவகையில் வியாழன் அன்று மாலை திரை அரங்கத்தில் போஸ்டர் ஒட்டி
முடிக்கும் போது ஃபார்மாகியிருந்த பெரிய கிய ;வினை கண்டு அனைவருக்கும் அதிசயமாகத்தான்
தெரிந்திருக்கும்.
 
வெள்ளிக்கிழமை காலை எட்டு மணி முதல் ரசிகர் குவிய ஆரம்பித்தனர்.  வெள்ளிகிழமையாதலால் மதியம்தான் முதல் காட்சி ஆரம்பிக்கப்பட்டது வியாழன் இரவு பாதி டிக்கெட் விற்பனை முடிந்ததால் காலையிலேயே குவிந்த தமிழ்நாட்டு ரசிகர்களின் க ;ட்டத்தினை கட்டுப்படுத்த முடியாமல் திரை அரங்கினர் மிகுந்த சிரமத்திற்குள்ளாயினர்.

எது எப்படியோ முதல் காட்சி முடிந்து வெளிவந்த ரசிகர்களிடமிருந்து வந்த கோரஸ் கமெண்ட்

க ;ல்....! (தனனனணா...தனனணா...!)

 







 
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