English films don’t usually last very long in Delhi, unless it’s an “Avatar” or another mega-block buster.
So, after just one week on circuit, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” was only showing in the PVR Director’s Cut, Ambience Mall – and at 1.15pm to boot. A clear sign that it would be its last week.
So off to PVR Director’s Cut at Ambience Mall it was.
Fine, except that a ticket at this cinema costs a cool Rs 850. That’s a lot of money for India.
So what exactly do you get for your money ?
Well, the complex is undoubtedly swish and fancy, and there are more staff hovering attentively than you can shake a stick at.
You can buy magazines :
And star fruit (though why would you want to eat drippy fruit in a film escapes me) :
And Italian olive oil (again, why ?)
The menu is pretty comprehensive…oh hang on, we’re going to movie, right, not out to dinner :
The cinema hall is small, the seats are plush and recline, you have a blanket, a call button, a little reading light, and it all looks vaguely like a business class lounge on a smart airline.
You also get a tiny bottle of water and an orange juice included, but all the same, it’s a seriously big difference in price from the rest of the market.
Worth it ?
No, not really. You still get an idiot answering his mobile phone during the film, and chatting away.