Now, watch India-Sri Lanka final in multiplexes

April 1st, 2011 - 4:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Want to watch the cricket World Cup final on a big screen with family, friends and refreshments? The owners of multiplex chains across the country are readying to screen the final in 70mm when India meet Sri Lanka at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium Saturday.

The screening is planned at about 100 screens across the country - from metros to two- and three-tier cities.

“We are getting lots of corporate bookings. It is a pan-India arrangement and have also extended it to Allahabad, Ludhiana and Ghaziabad. We had screened the India-Pakistan semifinal match, which went houseful. We are expecting a similar turnout for the final clash,” a source from PVR told IANS.

PVR will show the live action on 38 screens. Apart from screening the final match, PVR has also arranged for DJs and cheergirls to add spice to the excitement.

“People are really looking forward to the final match. We will screen the match in six of our audis and have also arranged for DJs and cheergirls to add to the excitement,” the source from PVR said.

Punit Sahay, senior manager for programming and operations at Spice, said: “There is a lot of excitement surrounding the match and we will screen the match in one of our auditoriums in Delhi. We have two special classes where the tickets cost Rs.500 and Rs.550. We are expecting a good number of people,” Punit Sahay, senior manager programming and operations of Spice.

Satyam Cineplex in Jodhpur, Delhi and Indore will screen the match and has made all the arrangements to attract the young crowd.

“For Delhi, we already have hundred percent booking,” said Manush Sharma.

Pritpal Singh, duty manager, Satyam Cineplex Jodhpur, says he has made speical arrangements for serving food and beverages.

“This is a very important match and we want people to have a cinematic feel with surround sound when they watch the match. We have made special arrangements for food and refreshments. The India-Pakistan match went houseful and the people really had fun,” said Singh.

Girish Wankhede of Cinemax, Mumbai is also looking forward to the much-hyped India-Sri Lanka clash.

“We had screened the India-Pakistan match across 59 screens in as many as 30 locations and we had received a tremendous response. We are all geared up to screen the World Cup final also,” he said.

Big Cinemas will also be screening the final on 12 to 15 screens in cities like Ahmedabad and Delhi.

“We will screen the match in Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Kolkata. A DJ will play music in between breaks and we have also arranged for Punjabi dhols. We already have a booking of 80 percent to 90 percent. Ticket prices vary from Rs.350 to Rs.650 depending upon the location we are in,” said Tusshar Dhingra, chief operating officer, Big Cinemas.

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