NRI Malaysian fans set fire to the
building at delayed opening of Tamil movie "Sivaji" -
Kuala Lumpur, June 16, 2007
NRI fans rioted in 10 cinemas in Malaysia when the
film Sivaji - the Boss, starring Superstar Rajnikanth, is one of
the most-awaited movies was delayed hours and hours.
Superstar Rajnikant and Shriya in "Sivaji".
Sri Intan Theatre in Klang, in Selangor state:
NRIs had started lining up at 4 p.m. local time, waited
five hours for the show to start and the fans wrecked a cinema lobby,
ripping up ticket counters and setting fire to part of the theatre,
but the flames were quickly doused by theatre management. The fights
broke out, people threw glass bottles, and cinema manager beaten
up by fans had to have stitches for his head injuries,
Kuala Lumpur, The Coliseum Cinema:
9 p.m. and midnight shows were fully booked. The film started late
at 10:30 p.m. and due to technical problems, the film was halted
at 11:30 p.m. The cinema owners could not be fixed the problems
and offered to refund the ticket money. The NRI fans became very
angry, smashed glass displays, lights, speakers, screen and curtains.
According to the The Star, NRIs also set fire to the building, but
it was quickly extinguished by cinema management.
The northern island of Penang: Threre
was three hour delay, the fans banged on ticket counters and demanding
refunds. The police was called and control the situation.
Cinema in Rawang: The fans threw
bottles and smashed glass cases.
According to local news paper, the movie distributor
said the delay was due to not enough prints of the film being sent
from AVM, the Chennai-based production company.
Another paper, the Star said, The film's distributors
said heavy rains disrupted delivery of some prints to theatres while
others were held up by delays in receiving passwords for Internet
In Malaysia, Tamil has about 10 percent of a population
of 26 million.
The movie Sivaji - the Boss was made for more than
$15 million, a huge budget by Indian standards and its most expensive
film. On Thursday, this film was released in India and Malaysia