A total of 11 persons selling “Kabali” tickets in black market were arrested here, police said.
The arrests were made during raids by a special team of Cyberabad East police commissionerate at 12 cinema theatres.
According to police, 11 persons selling the movie tickets in black market were arrested for violating the Cinematography Regulation Act.
Police seized 126 movie tickets and a cash of Rs 11,640 from them. They were handed over to respective police stations for necessary action.
“Kabali” was released on Friday amid an unprecedented frenzy. The Telugu version of the movie hit over 100 screens in Greater Hyderabad.
The tickets were sold out on Thursday. The blackmarketers made most of the Rajni mania by selling a Rs 150 ticket for as high as Rs 800.
Rajinikanth’s latest movie “Kabali” drew tens of thousands to theatres across India on Friday, with diehard fans doing the ‘Lungi Dance’ to the beats of dhol in Tamil Nadu, where some offices declared a holiday. Most reviewers, however, trashed the Tamil film dubbed in multiple languages.
Amid the first day frenzy most visible in Chennai and other cities in Tamil Nadu and even in Benguluru, fans jostled to enter cinema halls in T-shirts and masks featuring their beloved ‘Thalaivar’. Theatre owners seemed to be laughing their way to the banks.
“Kabali”, directed by Pa Ranjith, stars the 65-year-old cinematic icon, a former bus conductor, as a don who fights for Tamils in Malaysia. The Tamil film, heavily promoted via brand tie-ups, has released across the globe and has been dubbed in Hindi, Telugu, Malay and other languages. (Kabali BO collection day 1: Film makes earth-shattering start)
Such has been the craze for the ‘first day first show’ that Chennai-based company Fyndus India declared a holiday on Friday and gave free tickets to its employees to watch the film. (Kabali movie review: This Rajinikanth film is a drag)
Largely, the reviews are not very positive. But it is Rajinikanth’s magic that is drawing audiences. This is his first movie after two years.The film was released in Tamil and Hindi versions in multiplexes in Chandigarh and in Hindi in Punjab. The cinema halls were showing one or two shows of the film. One multiplex in Chandigarh had nearly 75 per cent seats booked by 5 p.m. on Friday for the late evening show.