Lucknow District Magistrate Raj Shekhar has ordered all theaters across the city to screen one free show of Akshay Kumar-starrer Bollywood movie ‘Rustom’ on 15 August, on the occasion of Independence Day. The DM said: “We have made arrangement for free screening of Rustom on 15 August to celebrate spirit of freedom”. He said this is being done to inculcate the feeling of patriotism among Lucknow citizens.
A total of 1,704 seats have been reserved for this purpose, combining the seating arrangements of all theaters participating on the occasion. Out of these there are certain percentages reserved for specific slots. 10 per cent of the seats are being put on hold for specially abled, 33 per cent for senior citizens and another 33 per cent for school and college students of Lucknow. The officials have declared that the tickets will be given on first-come-first-serve basis.
So far the theaters that have confirmed their participation are PVR, Cinepolis, Singapore Mall, SRS Mall, Wave, Phoenix, Fun and Inox.
While many celebrities have conveyed their best wishes to Akshay Kumar for ‘Rustom’, Hritik Roshan-starrer ‘Mohenjo Daro’ has been served with a tab bit of negligence as it is releasing along with Rustom. Some of the celebrities that took to social media to promote Rustom include Salman Khan, Ranveer Singh, Sonam Kapoor and Siddharth Malhotra. Even Fawad Khan, Pakistani actor who has made his debut in Bollywood,conveyed his wishes for Akshay’s new movie.
Speaking of Pakistan, Rustom didn’t face many issues with the Pakistani censor board either. They rated the movie Universal. However, predictions are that ‘Mohenjo Daro’ would probably do better on the other side of the border as it is more relatable to the Pakistani crowd having a historical theme, whereas Rustom is based on a real account and is more about crime and mystery.