Normally it’s the day their frenzy crosses all limits with merry drummers, firecrackers and colossal cut-outs. However this 12 months lakhs of Vijay followers hooked up to hundreds of items throughout the State shall be settling for one thing easier – a average bash as Grasp opens in theatres on Wednesday.
As an alternative of the common euphoria, there shall be toned-down festivities because the COVID-19 protocol is in place. Additionally the primary movie to get a theatrical launch in Kerala after an extended break because of the pandemic, the Vijay-starrer was anticipated to hit the screens in April 2020.
“We couldn’t plan something besides a motorcycle rally and it’s for the primary time we’re skipping the release-related revelries. However we additionally do not need to unfold the virus,” says M. Manoj of Palakkad Thalapathis.
No midnight present
Although many followers will not be comfortable about breaking their first-day-first-show ritual, they haven’t any choices on account of restricted exhibits and decreased seat capability. For a lot of followers the most important disappointment is the absence of early morning exhibits that often begin at midnight.
“Now the primary present begins at 9 a.m. and the movie will not be screening in some malls. If it was practically 10 screens final 12 months, this 12 months we have now solely two screens in Kollam metropolis. We have now greater than 10,000 registered members in Kollam metropolis alone and many people should wait,” says Murali Ganesh of Kollam Nanbans, one of many largest items in Kerala.
The unit had put in a 175-feet cut-out of their idol previous to the discharge of Sarkar, however this time the members are going for a scaled-down celebration. Whereas the fan associations ensured tickets for his or her members on the discharge day throughout earlier years, it will likely be an inconceivable activity now.
“Normally we purchase 2,000 tickets for the primary present in Kollam metropolis, however this 12 months it has come down round 500 on account of unavailability of seats.”
Lack of time
Vijay followers additionally complain that they hardly bought any time to organize for the discharge as the choice to open theatres got here on the eleventh hour. “A few of us had been planning to go to Tamil Nadu, however then determined to remain again,” a fan stated.
They’re additionally anxious over the opportunity of technical glitches that will have an effect on the screening. “Some theatres have reported points with sound and projector system. Even late within the night the checking is happening and it we’re anxious,” says Sreeraj from Thiruvananthapurm unit.