Chief Minister M Karunanidhi was the chief guest at the inauguration of the refurnished Abhirami 7 star theater in Chennai. For Karunanidhi it was a walk down memory lane as he recalled his days in watching movies.
Karunanidhi said: "Those days we watched first silent movies sitting on sand, as I could not afford tickets to the bamboo benches or the first class with rocking chairs. The audiences then were advised not to go for second shows(night show) as those watching the first shows would chew up beetle leaves (vethalai) and spit it on the sand covering them. Those going to the second show would have blood stained dothis. And there was no sound or background music. A person standing behind the audience would give a running commentary on the film. But now technology has improved a lot and surprise us every day.
Recently, AR Rahman scored music for the theme song for the World Classical Tamil Conference. He was sitting in London and the lyrics were sent to him. He composed the tune from there, while veena music was recorded in Switzerland and the vocals in London, and after making the necessary corrections the song is heard here in Chennai. That is technology.
I appreciate Abhirami Ramanathan for introducing many new facilities in his theaters and giving new world class experience for film viewers..."
Abhirami Ramanathan said: "It is state of art 7 star theater and has special massage chairs with a waiter on call to serve lunch, high-tea and dinner. Call Taxi with pick up and drop facilities and pre-paid auto service is also offered. It will be a pleasant experience to watch a film here in Abhirami."