After all the hype and frenzy about the Kabali-themed AirAsia flight, fans were disappointed on Friday morning when they were taken to Prasad studio instead of Sathyam theatre, as promised.
Travelling from Bengaluru to Chennai, the flight was supposed to ferry about 160 fans who paid Rs 7,800 for the airfare, a 9 am screening at Sathyam theatre, Kabali special meals and the like.
Everything was smooth sailing until the passengers were told that they would not be watching the movie in Sathyam, but at Prasad Studio in Vedapalani area instead.
It turns out that around 1 am today, AirAsia CEO Amar Abrol was told that Sathyam could host the first screening only by 11 am, according to a CNN-News18 bulletin. Following this, they arranged for the passengers aboard the special Kabali flight to watch a 9 am show at Prasad studio. However, this was not acceptable to fans.
â€śThere was a lot of commotion when they were taken to Prasad studio. Some passengers said they had paid to watch the movie in Sathyam cinemas and not anywhere else,â€ť said Divya, head of communications at AirAsia, told TNM.
A passenger who was aboard flight told CNN-News18 that this was "delayed justice" and that he had paid for the first-day first-show experience of watching the Rajinikanth-starrer in Sathyam theatre with the locals.
Meanwhile, Abrol apologised to fans and also said that it was the flightâ€™s fault for not informing passengers of the last minute venue change. He took full responsibility for the event and said that passengers would be compendated for airfare for missed flights due to the fiasco, according to TE Narasimhan's report in Business Standard.
After angry fans insisted that they wanted to watch the film in Sathyam, the flight officials have arranged for them to watch the 12.20 pm show at the iconic theatre.
(This copy has been updated)