Rajinikanth's 'Kabali' releases, 'Thalaivar' fans go crazy

Many companies in the city have already declared holidays today so that fans can attend screenings of the film


Wait is finally over as the much awaited Superstar Rajinikanth-starrer Tamil action drama "Kabali" hits more than 3000 across the country on Friday.

The earliest show in the Chennai city started at around 4 a.m. Several corporate companies in the city have already declared holidays today so that fans can attend screenings of the film.

To be among the first ones to see the action-drama, hardcore fans of the "Thalaivar" assembled outside theaters even before midnight.

"We spent the whole night outside. As early as 11 p.m., we gathered at the theater to raise banners and huge cutouts of Thalaivar," Madhan Kumar, who watched the first show at Kasi theater, told IANS.

It was a sleepless night for most fans as they waited with bated to watch their 65-year old matinee idol on screen on Friday

"It's not everyday you get to watch Thalaivar's film. Hence, the excitement to watch the first day, first show of the film. These last few days have been crazy, with hardly any sleep," Sumanth, a third year Engineering student who watched the first show at Rakki cinemas, told IANS.

In other parts of Tamil Nadu such as Madurai, the first show of "Kabali" started around 3 a.m.

In the opening weekend in the city, the film reportedly will have over 300 shows across theaters.

Directed by Pa. Ranjith, the film features Rajinikanth as a don who fights for Tamils in Malaysia.

On Thursday night, the film had its world premiere in Malaysia and Singapore, followed by Dubai and some parts of the US.

According to the film's US distributor CineGalaxy Inc, the film has already raked in over $1 million from its pre-sales from the premieres.

The film has also been released in Hindi and Telugu, apart from its Tamil version. The dubbed Malay version is slated to release on July 29.