Tuesday 19 February 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 49

Premiers are bores!
18. 2.2013, Mumbai

It is 9pm at Cinemax Theatre, Andheri and I’m invited to watch the screening of Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che. It is the premier night and the outside of the theatre is laid up with a red carpet for celebrity guests. 

They have decorated the ambience with colorful kites and as you walk upstairs you discover fairy lit trees strung with bigger and better kites.

Writer Anjum Rajabali seldom spotted at such events is confused why any producer would invite guests and not begin screening on time. Director Sujoy Ghosh standing around looked up at the sky and blinked. It was evident he was in the seventh heaven having won almost all the awards for Kahani this season.

Filmmakers Abbas Mastan more experienced with premiers were more patient. They explained that no matter how restless everybody got the film will begin when it has to and till then all they can do is wait and watch.

Finally at 9:30 we were allowed inside the theatres and the screening began at 10pm. My simple question is if the show is at 10pm why does the invite say 8pm? Unless the producer is insecure that we will not come on time and miss the beginning!

Can this decision be left to us please?

Bhawana Somaaya/www.bhawanasomaaya.com

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