CHENNAI: Whether you’re sweet sixteen or sixty, a sup-erstar flick can drag you, and just about anyone, to the theatre on its release day. And that’s exactly what most tenth graders told Express on the SSLC result day.
Priya and friends from Swamy Higher Secondary School said that they were travelling all the way to Virugambakkam to watch Kochadaiiyaan, after finding out that all of them had scored above 90 per cent. “We have been friends since Class 4 and this is the first time we are going together to watch the superstar on a big screen. We were more nervous about getting tickets on the first day for the movie than about the exam results,” she said excitedly.
The excitement was almost palpable. Though the-re was none of the usual fan-fare associated with the superstar’s movies, the tenth graders showed rare spunk in booking tickets on result day. “Rajini sir gave us the hall tickets for the exam,” said Madhumitha, a student of Ashram School run by Rajini’s wife Latha. “I am a crazy superstar fan. I’m trying hard for tickets today. I’ll try to go today, if I don’t get tickets, then definitely tomorrow,” she said.
A Balaji from Chennai Boys Higher Secondary School, Saidapet, said, “I have not missed even a single Thalaivar film. My frie-nds and I have plans to go to the movie tomorrow.”
And for those who weren’t able to cash in on the first-day-first-show fever, there was disappointment. Saikrishna from Balalok said, “I am disappointed that I couldn’t get tickets for the first day shows. I came back from vacation only today and I’m asking everyone I know if they have spare tickets!”
And of course, there were a few detractors. “We aren’t big Rajini fans,” said Megha and Nikita, who felt their results were important.