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Rajinikanth's 'Kaala' release: Chennai fans cheer, burst crackers at dawn

Rajinikanth's 'Kaala' release: Chennai fans cheer, burst crackers at dawn

Why are films getting caught up in political battles?

Rajinikanth-starrer film "Kaala" on Thursday became the first ever Indian film to release in Saudi Arabia after theatres were opened in the conservative country in April after 35 years hiatus.

Sources at Chennai theatres say the film has found pre-bookings only for two days, which is extremely unusual for a Rajinikanth film.

The 67-year-old Tamil superstar made a fervent appeal in Kannada to various stakeholders for the screening of the action film across the state a day before the release. "The opening of 'Kaala' may be on the lower side - I haven't found the time to check - because his last film with the same director (Pa. Ranjith) had not been appreciated that much". "The promos of Kaala haven't established a connect with Hindi audiences. But we hope they have some great story to be shared which may be liked and the film does well", said Mohan.

"Kaala has to compete with a Steven Spielberg franchise Jurassic World which is a huge event".

Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty who has worked repeatedly with Rajini on Ra.One, Robot etc, agrees that Rajini's politics could be a negative force in his career.

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Pro-Kannada workers protest outside Balaji theatre in Bengaluru where Rajinikanth's movie Kaala is screening, on June 7, 2018.

Cinema halls, where it was to be screened, refused to show the film, leaving cinema goers, especially diehard fans of the Tamil superstar, disappointed.

Praveen Shetty, an office bearer of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) said they were going from theatre to theatre asking moviegoers to boycott the film.

Aamir and Rajinikanth have featured together in the 1995 film "Aatank Hi Aatank".

Upset with Rajinikanth's statement over the Cauvery row, a Karnataka film body banned the release of the film earlier this month.


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