Jun 16, 2007


Angry Rajnikanth fans went on rampage at more than 10 theatres in Malaysia after the screening of his much-awaited movie "Sivaji - The Boss" was either cancelled or delayed the due to unavailability of the prints. The mega-budget movie released simultaneously in India and Malaysia yesterday was to start at 9 pm (1900 IST) but was delayed at some cinemas by about six hours and cancelled at others. Hundreds of angry fans, mostly ethnic Indians, turned violent causing damage to a number of cinemas and police had to be called in at various venues to stop the violence, the local news said. Fans had queued up hours in advance at movie halls across the country to buy tickets for the 80 crore-budget Tamil film.

Chennai-based AVM, the producers of the movie, had reportedly sent only 42 prints instead of the scheduled 53 and the rest had to be unloaded from the internet, reports said. In Penang, police had to be called to control the situation as fans turned unruly at the delay in screening the movie.

Tickets for the film, directed by Shankar and featuring music by A R Rahman, were sold out for the next couple of days. About 10 per cent of Malaysia's 26 million people are ethnic Indians mostly from Tamil Nadu.