Saturday, August 2, 2008


It is a few hours before the first screening of a new film at Baby Albert. There are policemen - and policewomen - in uniform and in mufti around the gates of the cinema hall. The OB vans of national news channels are parked inside. As I get out of my car, I'm offered tickets for the movie - at about 15 times the box office rate. I walk around taking some photos and an Assistant Commissioner of Police grins at me: he is a fan too, and I think he must have pulled some strings to be posted in charge of operations here on Aug 1.

In about 2 hours from now, the fans would be out in full strength. Before the movie begins, many of them would clamber on top of the 70-foot cutout of the hero and pour litres of milk over it, garland it, light camphor around it and do everything they can to let the world know that they are looking forward to this movie being a success. That's a decade-old practice whenever The Superstar's movies are released. In recent days, they have also begun holding blood donation camps, distributing free food and suchlike things to balance the mania with some meaning.

And all of that did happen yesterday for this movie, not just in Chennai, but in Bangalore, Hyderabad and New Delhi, too. After all there's only one Superstar in India!


magiceye said...

wow! superstar or god?!!

Hilda said...

Wow, all that fuss for one actor — it's amazing!

sreesnake said...

Heard that to outdo kamal he has........changed dress 20 times (teehee)!!

Shantaram said...

>> Magiceye>> How could you ask such a question - Supergod, of course!! ;)

>> Hilda>> Apparently his movies are a craze even among the Japanese!

>> Sree>> I refuse to be drawn into a public brawl - let's have it out mano a mano :D!

Jazzy said...

thanks for stopping by, love the photo, so colourful and just great!

Shantaram said...

>> Jazzy>> Thanks!