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08 June 2018, 07:23 | Regina Holmes
‘Only Thalaivar can do this’: Rajinikanth’s 'Kaala' becomes first Indian film to be released in Saudi Arabia in decades
Young and talented director Karthik Subbaraj's film with Superstar Rajinikanth seems to have took off splendidly today. It is heard that the theatrical and music rights of Kaala (in all languages) worldwide sold over Rs. 230 Cr.
The tepid response has led to growing doubts about Rajinikanth's prospects in Tamil Nadu politics, given that Kaala is his first film after he jumped into the political arena. Vishal adds that "Kaala" may well surprise naysayers. More than 20 screens in Mangaluru and another 10 across other districts screened the movie, but there was little cheer for Rajini fans and cinemagoers in most of the other districts.
Earlier, the Karnataka high court instructed the producers of the film, Wunderbar Films, to make a list of theatres where the film would be screened in the state so that adequate police protection could be ensured. However, after 11 am it is likely that the film will begin. It looks like a 1990's film. Notably, 'Kaala' has to compete with "Jurassic World" of the Steven Spielberg franchise at the same time.
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.
Back in India, the film was released to positive response with fans queueing up outside theatres to catch an early show of superstar's latest. The film is facing a "ban" in the state over Rajinikanth's remarks on the controversial issue of sharing of Cauvery river water between the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
There were huge protests by pro-Kannada organisations against the screening of Kaala in Bengaluru but the situation improved towards Thursday afternoon. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake.
The state government's decision to grant permission for special shows for the first two days have also turned out to be a boon for the Rajinikanth-starrer. As a result, the Tamil film has taken a good opening in the state. Besides the original Tamil version, the film has been released across the country and beyond with sub-titles in Hindi, Telugu and English.
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