A day after bomb recovery, Regal draws some filmgoers

September 14th, 2008 - 6:30 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) The Regal cinema hall at Connaught Place in the heart of the capital, generally crowded with filmgoers lining up to catch the latest flick, had few takers Sunday after a live bomb was recovered from a dustbin outside the theatre Saturday evening. “The capacity of the theatre is 650 people. At weekends we generally have a crowd of around 450 but today we have sold only 143 tickets for the 12.30 p.m. show,” Regal manager Ravi Sharma told IANS.

The cinema hall is screening “Singh is Kinng”. Sharma hoped the number would improve in a few days.

The few who turned up to watch the film emphasized the need to defeat terrorism.

Asked if he was afraid to go to the cinema hall, Ashish Singh, 22, said: “If we remain fearful after such incidents, terrorists would succeed in their aim of terrorizing society.”

Ashish came with his five friends to watch the movie.

Nazeer, another youth who came with two friends, also echoed the sentiment: “What if a bomb was discovered from this place Saturday? We should not fear and lose confidence. Instead, we need to face the situation strongly,” said Nazeer.

On Saturday evening, five bomb explosions rocked the capital, two of them close to Connaught Place. At least 21 people were killed and 100 hundred. Three live bombs were recovered and refused later in the evening.

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