Sid, the sloth from Ice Age, is running for his life. He runs here, runs there, and finally finds himself on a fast-disintegrating ice shelf that is hurtling towards a deadly waterfall. I can’t bring myself to watch after this. Not just because I love Sid.
But, because I am sitting on a chair that throws me forward and sideways as the ice breaks; because, there’s a gust of cold air blowing on my face and snow falling over my head. As Sid gets closer to the waterfall, it gets too real for comfort where I am sitting.
This, then, is what you get at the 12-seater Aura 7D, which operates out of the KG Cinema Complex premises, in Race Course. The entertainment centre is run by Srinath Karthikeyan, and it has about 60 movies such as Dangerous Castle, Age of Dinosaurs, Ice Age, Pre-historic Adventure and Paradise Coaster on offer.
Walk in after paying a fee of Rs. 80 and you are handed special glasses, and strapped on to high seat. The lights go off and the action starts. For a good 12 to 15 minutes, those in the auditorium go on the ride of their lives. The kids scream in excitement, while the elders hold on to the seats for dear life.
How is this different from other such centres? Srinath says that the chairs at Auro 7D have six cylinders and can move diagonally too. “That adds to the experience,” he says. Also, next year, he plans to make the whole experience interactive, akin to a video game. This will be the seventh dimension.
Currently, a film is screened even if there are only two viewers. Pregnant women and heart patients are asked to keep away.
Meanwhile, it is time to catch a sneak peek of Pre-historic Adventure. In a desolate landscape, it’s raining rocks. I hold on tighter to the seat as there’s a rumble and the rocks explode out of the screen. One comes straight for me and I duck. Phew! That was close. Aura 7D is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For details, call 95009-15282.