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First the letters arrived: “Warning No.l: if you release Shahenshah we will set your cinema on fire.” Then, a telephone call: “You did not heed our warning, now face the consequences.” So on February 12, when Shahenshah was finally released, 250 cinema owners across the country had protected themselves against the threat with truck-loads of Sten gun-wielding policemen.
What came instead was a human tidal wave. The advance booking for Amitabh Bachchan’s controversial come-back film shattered all records and in some cases, the windows of booking counters. In Shiela cinema, in the heart of Delhi, a crowd of 20,000 people began collecting from 9 a.m. onwards for the first show. “It was larger than anything anyone can remember. Twenty, thirty times larger,” said the owner, Ajay Kaushish.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
French arthouse film-maker Alain Resnais, a star of the new wave movement with close to 50 films to his name, has died aged 91.
Resnais, whose play-within-a-film Life of Riley won a prize for innovation at the Berlin film festival last month, died in Paris late on Saturday surrounded by his family, his producer, Jean-Louis Livi said.