Indian film fan rents cinema to prove movie not scary

Man rents out cinema to disprove claim horror is too scary to be watched alone.
Indian film fan rents cinema to prove movie not scary
By AFP
Tue 26 Aug 2008 01:43 PM

An Indian filmgoer rented out an entire cinema to disprove a director's claim that his latest horror movie is so scary no one can watch it alone, a newspaper said Tuesday.

Pavin Ponanna, 30, booked all 227 seats at a Bangalore multiplex for an evening screening of "Phoonk," the Pioneer daily reported.

He asked cinema staff to have a doctor on call, but emerged declaring: "I never felt scared, not even for a moment. I took just ten minutes to settle down."

Bollywood producer-director Ram Gopal Verma had challenged any fan to watch "Phoonk" - the story of a happy family suddenly beset by the evil forces of black magic - on their own.

Ponanna, an advertising professional, visited a temple to prepare for the experience, the Pioneer said, adding that the tickets had cost him 47,000 rupees (1,000 dollars).

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