‘My Name is Khan’ tickets were sold out in five seconds at the Berlin International Film Festival. Fans had not slept all night to keep their places in the queue despite the sub-zero temperature in Berlin.
Those who arrived at 6 a.m. were in tears. The online tickets for the superstar’s own people who phoned the Berlinale authorities five minutes after ticketing opened were told they were way too late. The film’s tickets were auctioned on e-Bay for 1,000 euros (about Rs.60,000) each.
Jenny Watkinson, assigned the ‘Shah Rukh Khan department’ in the International Relations office of Dieter Kosslick, Berlin film festival director, told us: "I’ve never seen anything like it. This year it’s expected to be even bigger than in 2008 (during ‘Om Shanti Om’). The online tickets for ‘My Name is Khan’ were sold out in five seconds."
The film premieres in Berlin on Friday with a red carpet at the prestigious Berlinale Palast theatre on Potsdamer Platz.
The film’s screening has police protection in Berlin. Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and director Karan Johar are in Berlin for the premiere of the film.
India has much reason to celebrate at the Berlin International Film Festival as the country has a historic nine feature films in the Berlinale. This is the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Film Festival, that opened Thursday and runs from Feb 11-21.