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Kabali, Rajinikanth's highly awaited film, is finally in theatres
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A 65-crore opening for Kabali?
The numbers aren't yet confirmed by any official sources, but trade pundits have estimated that by the end of Friday, 22 July, which is Kabali's first day in the theatres, the Rajinikanth starrer will have collected around Rs 65 crore. Trade reports peg the film's Day 1 domestic earnings to be around Rs 50 crore — this is based on the number of sold out shows in the various theatres where the film is being screened — and overseas collections to be around Rs 15 crore. Neither V Creations, the film's producers, nor Pa Ranjith, the director have validated these figures so far.
If the numbers are confirmed, that would make Kabali's opening collections among the highest in India. The earlier highest opening day collection was seen by Shah Rukh Khan's Happy New Year (Rs 44+ crore) while Salman Khan's Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo follows closely with Rs 40+ crore.
In Bengaluru, Kabali screenings at five-star hotels called off
After the hype, the letdown.
News reports have said that plans to screen Rajinikanth’s Kabali at five-star hotels in Bengaluru had to be scrapped after the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce threatened to call off Kabali’s theatrical shows. JW Marriott, the Lalit Ashok, Royal Orchid and Crowne Plaza were among the hotels where patrons were offered Kabali screenings along with other refreshments for Rs 1,300. However, after the protests from exhibitors, the office of the deputy commissioner withheld permission for the screenings fearing a disruption of law and order, The Times of India reported.
On Friday morning, 22 July, fans in Chennai were severely disappointed, as despite queuing up for several days, most hadn't been able to get tickets for Kabali's FDFS. Indeed, tickets had been booked out for almost all of its first week.
Several fans that Firstpost's Sandhya Ravishankar spoke with this morning, said that tickets had been booked by big firms and VIPs, leaving few for the common man who is the real Rajini fan.
A copy of a letter that has been circulated on Facebook for a while now seems to indicate that this is just what has happened. The letter (written on the official letterhead of the Chennai Secretariat) has been addressed to the manager of the Abirami Theatre, asking for 10 tickets to be reserved, and is signed by the personal assistant for the minister for Information and Publicity. It isn't clear if the letter is genuine.
Firstpost contributor and industry analyst Sreedhar Pillai wrote in one of his pieces this week: "The best gift you can give an important person in Tamil Nadu from whom you are seeking a favour is tickets for Kabali! Top bureaucrats and cops are putting tremendous pressure on the hapless staff of theatres to get tickets."
See a copy of the letter here.
After all the buzz, Superstar Rajinikanth's Kabali is finally in theatres.
And fans, who have waited over two years to see their idol back on screen, have been driving the massive hype around the film.
In Kabali, Rajinikanth plays an ageing crime boss who takes on the bad guys in Malaysia who have been oppressing the Tamil migrant community there. His wife is played by Radhika Apte.
Kabali opened in 4,000 screens all over the world on 22 July, Friday. It's an unprecedented number — but then everything about this film has been, fittingly enough, super-sized. It has already made over Rs 200 cr in pre-release business through the sale of rights for the various other language versions (apart from Tamil, Kabali is releasing in Telugu, Hindi, Malay and Malayalam, with talks on for Thai and Chinese dubbings as well), music and satellite deals.
It's not been all smooth sailing — the film's opening scene was leaked on Whatsapp, and it is believed illegal download links were available on the dark web.
However, Rajinikanth and his film have made it to the theatres and Firstpost is bringing you all the updates from the first day first show of Kabali as they unfold.
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