First the good news, Mani Ratnamâ€™s Raavanan has taken a mind blowing opening in advance booking, when it opened in 16 Chennai screens today (June 16) morning!
Tickets for all shows in multiplexes have been sold out for the first week, while in single screens like Bharath, I Dream it has been equally good.
Maayajal is the only multiplex in India who are playing all three versions of the film. They are holding a record 50 shows of the film per day- Raavanan (45 shows), Raavan (5 shows) and Villain (2 shows). Says Meenakshi Sundaram, Manager of Maayajal: â€œ The booking for Raavanan is phenomenal, nearly 80 percent of the shows have been sold out on the first day of booking.â€
Meanwhile Mani Ratnam held a special screening of Raavan for its crew and family members in Mumbai on Monday night. Next day the crew left for the London premiere of the film, which will be telecast live on NDTV tonight at 10.30 pm.
The big news in Chennai is that the first official preview of Tamil Raavanan was held on Tuesday night at Four Frames Preview theatre for the family members of AR Rahman (who is away on a world tour). Rahmanâ€™s mother and other family members seem to have loved the movie.
Now the bad news is that the monsoons have hit Kerala, coastal Karnataka and Mumbai and by today evening Delhi. Please note Mumbai and Delhi are major markets for Mani Ratnamâ€™s Hindi Raavan, and rains can ruin box-office. So the trade is keeping its fingers crossed.