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Audience lap up Rajini’s 2.0

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Fans of superstar begin celebrations as early as 2 a.m.

The city embraced Rajinikanth’s 2.0 as early as 2 a.m. on Thursday. Thousands of fans thronged theatres wearing masks in the likeness of the robot, Chitti (Rajinikanth), that appeared in Enthiran, the film’s predeccessor. Some of the fan clubs were distributing these masks to those entering the theatres as well.

At Rohini Silver Screen, fans took to the streets — dancing, beating drums and bursting crackers. P. Ram Kumar, who watched the 4 a.m. show, said that fans had assembled by 2.30 a.m. for the celebrations. The scene at Vettri theatre in Chrompet played out similarly.

Employees working in start-ups and IT firms came in groups. “We have our weekly team analysis and we are given gift vouchers. This week the best team got tickets to 2.0,” said Suresh Kumar, who came to watch the film at Vettri. Many of them wore T-shirts with Rajinikanth’s face printed on them.

GK Cinemas, which has installed SRL 4D Sound, witnessed a huge crowd. Karthik Subburaj, director of Petta, Rajinikanth’s next, walked in wearing a mask. This time only a handful of theatres held the customary milk bath for the superstar. “Thalaivar does not like it when we waste milk,” said a fan.