New Delhi: With two days left for superstar Rajinikanth’s ‘Kabali’ to hit the screens, the Rajini fever seems to be soaring with the fans going crazy trying to procure tickets.
Reports suggest that Kabali is releasing in almost 95 percent of the screens in Chennai, and everybody wants a ticket — preferably first day first show (FDFS), or at least in the opening weekend.
With so much fuss surrounding Kabali, analysts have suggested that the Tollywood God is all prepared to break records set by Bollywood ‘Dabangg’ Salman Khan’s ‘Sultan’.
AVM Rajeshwari, the single screen in Vadapalani, the ‘Kollywood suburb’ in Chennai, created a new record — selling 6,754 tickets in 20 minutes, when online booking started. The unprecedented rush in advance booking has created a scenario where tickets are being sold at a higher rate outside of Chennai.
However, in Tamil Nadu, governments had kept the film industry on a tight leash as it is the only state in India where there is a cap on ticket prices. The maximum ticket price allowed is Rs 120, mainly in Chennai.
If current stats are to be believed Kabali tickets have already surpassed all expectations, making producer Kalaipuli S Thanu a big winner. Thanu, positively backed Kabali saying, “Go to Mumbai and try to purchase a ticket of Sultan; it would have cost you Rs 1,500. Now you go to Bangalore and say Kabali, you will pay Rs 1,500 per ticket. But let me tell you that in Tamil Nadu with just Rs 120/80 and Rs 50 a ticket we will bring in Rs 200 crores. So imagine what will happen then? We will be collecting ten times more than Sultan”.
In his earlier movies Rajinikanth was seen donning many roles but playing a ‘Don’ at the age of 62 is not something which any actor can pull-off said the ‘Kabali’ Director Pa Ranjith. Speaking on one of the biggest releases of his career, Pa Ranjith gave out 5 mind-boggling revelations about the much-awaited Kabali.
Check out these amazing facts before you enjoy the film on the big screen:
1) The film is set in Malaysia and is a different kind of Rajinikanth film. Ranjith further said, “When I was writing the screenplay, the image of the Superstar was coming into Kabali. But I have tried my best to push it aside and only in some portions where I felt the audience needed him, I used the image. On the whole, the film will have my realistic touch”.
2) When Soundarya (Rajinikanth’s daughter) first approached the director, he offered two scripts. “I gave two options — the story of a Malaysian don and a supernatural movie of the sci-fi genre. They immediately picked the don story and asked me to develop the script,” he said.
3) The Kabali director, Pa Ranjith ensured no clichéd mannerisms associated with the actor are included in his current film. Whenever the ‘Superstar’ elements came out, I was able to control it. He (Rajinikanth) would laugh it off saying ‘I am not at all an actor’. For e.g., his specialty is his fast walk. But in this movie he walks slowly.
4) Kabali is the story of Kabaleeswaran who fights for the rights of Malaysian Tamils. So, does the star speak a lot of Malay in the film? “Rajinikanth speaks a lot of Malay in the film. And he’s done it superbly too!” Pa Ranjith told the newspaper.
5) The director claimed that producer Kalaippuli S Thanu and Soundarya wanted Kabali to end on a fun note. However, Rajinikanth advised the director not to change the climax. A sad ending in the movie is being anticipated.
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