When ‘MSG: The Messenger’, a movie by the Dera Sacha Sauda chief was released in February this year, huge traffic snarls were witnessed around the movie theatres in the city. The roads leading to Centra Mall and Elante had to be closed. However, when the movie’s sequel, MSG-2, hit the screens Friday, it did not attract many viewers.
At PVR Cinemas in Centra Mall, around 40 people watched the first show of the day, while at PVR Cinemas in Elante Mall, the number was close to 50.
In Panchkula, with the Shalimar Mall remaining sealed, the residents watched it at the single-screen KC Theatre. However, only 35 people watched the inaugural show at the theatre. In the city, there were three shows each at Piccadily Square, PVR Cinemas in Centra Mall and Fun Cinemas in Galaxy Mall, while there were two shows at PVR Cinemas in Elante Mall.
Anamika Dhiman, a resident of Panchkula who watched the movie at KC Theatre, said, “A majority of the people who had come to watch the movie were labourers. They had donned MSG T-shirts. They kept hooting throughout the show and were sitting with folded hands.”
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Swaroop, a resident of Manimajra who was wearing a T-shirt bearing Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s photographs, went to PVR Cinemas in Centra Mall 45 minutes before the second show was to start, assuming that the ticket counters would be all flooded. He said, “Last time, my friends and I managed to enter the theatre after standing in a long queue for around one-and-half hours. This time, there is no rush at all.”
The theatre officials said that this time, a majority of the audience was from Punjab. There were also no security arrangements on the roads or around the theatres.