Director: Pa. Ranjith
Music director: Santhosh Narayanan
Produced by: Kalaipuli S. Thanu
Cast:Rajanikanth, Winston Chao,Radhika Apte,Dhansika, Dinesh
Rajinikanth’s Kabali release is coming near. In another couple of hours Kabli is going to release world wife. It will be shown in 5000+ screens worldwide in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. Rajanikanth fans are dying to catch him in his Gangsta avatar! Did you know certain companies have even given an off on the day of Kabali’s release? Yeah, that’s right. The fandom and frenzy around this actor is seen to be believed. Now here’s another good news, tax exemption has been granted Rajinikanth’s Kabali. Woohoo!
All over world the people are eager to see Kabali. Tickets have long sold out in Chennai, Bangalore ,Chennai and even in US! Everyone has Kabali on their mind. Apart form Rajinikanth, the movie has sparked interest because of the presence of three powerful women- Radhika Apte who plays his wife, Dhansika who plays his daughter and Rithvika who apparently plays a real life don. So, there are so many reasons to be excited about Kabali!
The following are the astonishing things about Kabali:
AirAsia, a budget airline, has arranged special ‘Kabali’ flights from Bangalore to Chennai. It will carry about 180 fans of the superstar to watch the film on the day of its release. The menu on-board includes some of Rajnikanth’s favourite food items.
A woman, who claims to be the biggest Rajni fan in the world, has designed sarees with Rajnikanth’s face on it..
Luxury Hotels in Bangalore and Chennai have organised special screenings.
Another crazy fan of the superstar has booked the first 10 shows of the film – starting with the first show on Friday all the way to the last show on Saturday – he’ll be watching all of them!
Since the film is about the working class, a Rajnikanth fan club will be distributing welding glasses, helmets and gloves to people who are in need.
While Bollywood stars are known to fight it out for holiday weekends, a Rajnikanth film release automatically becomes a holiday for a lot of people in South India.
As per the pre-release Business Rajinikanth-starrer Kabali has already earned Rs 200 crore in the run-up to its 22 July release.
Here’s a break-up:
Overseas rights have netted Kabali’s producers a cool Rs 30 crore. Teugu language rights have brought another Rs 30 crore. The rights for Kerala and Karnataka have been sold for another Rs 15 crore, and the Hindi satellite rights for Rs 16 crore — this is separate from the Hindi theatrical rights, which have been sold for Rs 15 crore.
How has Rajinikanth’s ‘Kabali’ earned Rs 200 cr — even before it opens in theatres?How has Rajinikanth’s ‘Kabali’ earned Rs 200 cr — even before it opens in theatres?
In Rajinikanth’s ‘base’ of Tamil Nadu, Kabali rights have done a business of Rs 65 crore and satellite rights have earned another Rs 30 crore.
Music rights — bagged by Think Music for all the three language versions of Kabali (Hindi, Tamil and Telugu) — were sold for Rs 5 crore.
That’s a neat Rs 206 crore — without even factoring in the marketing tie-ups with various brands. (The marketing spend by companies like Air Asia, Airtel, Ola, Cadbury, Muthoot Finance etc that have tied up with Kabali is estimated to be around Rs 40 crore.)
Another trade analyst, on condition of anonymity said, “The first day collection for Kabali will definitely hit Rs 40 crore. We expect the film to make Rs 15 crore in Tamil Nadu, Rs 8 crore in North India, and Rs 5 crore in Kerala and Karnataka. The overseas box office collection should be at least Rs 12 crore.”
The biggest earnings are expected to come in over the opening weekend, especially since many theatres are planning to increase the number of shows over Saturday and Sunday (23-24 July). “Since even the weekend shows are houseful in most places at this point, the collection for Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be an unprecedented number for Tamil cinema,” our trade source said.
Kabali producer Kalaipuli S Thanu has already declared that he expects the film to make more than Rs 500 crores and that it has the power to beat Baahubali’s record. Now we just need to wait for 22 July to see if his prediction will come true.