As expected, Aptharakshaka, late Vishnuvardhan's last Kannada film is running to packed houses across the state. Bangalore, in particular witnessed a grand opening as fans thronged Narthaki theatre, which had undergone a makeover prior to the release. The lucky few, who managed to get the first-day, first -show tickets, created a festive like atmosphere in the theatre.
Fans paid tribute by offering pooja and milk abishekas to the star's huge cutouts. Sweets were also distributed. A Vishnu look-alike, who moved amidst the crowd shaking hands and waving, added glamour to the atmosphere. Some fans even carried books on Vishnu to the theatre.
It was then time for the film to start. Vishnu's onscreen presence was welcomed with whistles and claps. While some fans threw flowers at the screen, others went up to the screen to touch the actor's feet. There were no limits to the crowd's excitement when Vishnu threw punching dialogues at them. During the interval, trivia about him was screened.
All in all, the first-day, first-show experience was not something to be missed and little wonder then that people were ready to pay thrice the ticket price in some theatres. There were reports that tickets were sold in black for a whopping Rs 3000! In Mysore also there has been a great demand for tickets. Over the weekend tickets were sold for anywhere between Rs 1,000-2,000. The actual price of a balcony ticket is Rs 40.
"I fortunately got a ticket and didn't have to shell out so much money. But I'll say that the movie would be worth every penny spent. I'm new to Bangalore and wanted to catch a Kannada movie and there couldn't have been a better choice," says Arvind, an avid movie watcher.
The producer of the film