Kabali opening scene leaked on Whatsapp; Rajinikanth film said to be 'out' on dark web
The most eagerly awaited phenomenon for any fan, when it comes to a Rajinikanth film, is the opening scene. Thalaiva's entry on the big screen is marked with whistles and claps and even the showering of flowers of currency notes. So it is that fans have greeted with dismay the news of Kabali's opening scee being leaked on Whatsapp. The nearly two-minute long sequence, that shows Rajinikanth — aka Don Kabali in the film — coming out of a jail complex.
The scene, with English sub-titles, has already gone viral on the message sharing platform.
The Whatsapp leak comes on the back of rumours that Kabali was illegally available on the dark web for downloading.
However, producer Kalaipuli S Thanu had said at the time, "These are just rumours and as far as I know, so far there has been no leak. We are taking all efforts to block over 100 pirate sites.” In fact, Thanu had filed a petition in the Madras High Court to fight against piracy, following which the HC had restrained 169 Internet Service Providers (ISP) from permitting illegal downloads of Kabali.
Meanwhile, Kabali will officially premiere tonight (21 July) in countries like Malaysia and Singapore, with screenings planned for around 7.30 pm local time (5 pm in India). On 20 July, Wednesday, superstar Rajinikanth himself watched a special screening of Kabali in the US, where he currently is.
As per sources close to KS Thanu, the first public screening of the film in India is likely to happen at the Chennai suburban single screen Kasi at 1 am, on Friday, 22 June. Most other suburban Chennai theatres in the Chengalpet area have planned early morning shows around 4.15 am, when the KDM (digital key) will be released by digital content providers. The Chennai city screens are likely to start with noon shows, though some of them are waiting for special government permission to kickstart with morning shows. At the same time in some areas like Coimbatore, bookings are yet to start as distributors and theatre owners have not come to an agreement on terms and conditions.
At the same time there has been a fan backlash about high ticket rates being charged “illegally by some theatres” across Tamil Nadu.
Updated Date: Jul 21, 2016 11:36 AM