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    Over 30 years ago, bus conductor Shivaji Rao Gaikwad made a living by punching tickets and yelling out bus routes.

    Today, he makes a living and a killing by enchanting thousands on the 70 mm.

    Megastar Rajnikanth’s life has been less than ordinary and now a book tracks his journey from the bus stop to the silver screen, from Gaikwad to Rajni.

    Please explain the highlighed ones. (also please tell full form of mm)

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    70 mm film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . He has become a film star - a clue to this, even if you don't know what 'on the 70 mm' (as I didn't until 2 minutes ago) is 'the siver screen' which means 'cinema'. He makes a lot of money as a film star - he 'makes a killing'.

    I haven't met 'tracks' in that context. I would have used 'traces' [= goes through it step by step]. 'It tracks' makes the tracked thing sound a bit sinister - for example, military installations track missiles.

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    Oops: mm = millimetre (BE)/millimeter (AmE); in this case, the width of the film.

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    Default Re: enchanting thousands on the 70 mm

    Thank you Bobk.
    But I wonder why the word `killing' and `thousand' has been written here.

    To whom he killed?

    Please help me. (It will be better if you rephrase the whole highlighed parts)
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    Default Re: enchanting thousands on the 70 mm

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you Bbk.
    But I wonder why the word `killing' and `thousand' has been written here.

    To whom he killed?

    Please help me. (It will be better if you rephrase the whole highlighted parts)
    I did rephrase the expression 'make a killing'. Here's a dictionary definition: killing: Definition, Synonyms and Much More from Answers.com

    "thousands" is just another way of saying "a large number of people"

    He makes a living [does what he does to get the necessary money to live] and also makes quick and easy money by entertaining a large number of people [I've no idea why the writer chose thousands - which is surely an underestimate] as a big film star ['megastar'].

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