2014 might have been a lean year for the superhero from down south. But even Lingaa’s moderate showing on the box office did little to dissuade Rajnikanth’s buoyant spirit. 1 movie later and returning to the big screen after 24 long months, the phenomenon is back with Kabali, his latest offering to the filmdom.
In the US, Rajnikanth’s latest release Kabali was sold out within two hours of the tickets going up for sale. It is being reported that countries like Malaysia and Singapore will be screening Kabali prior to its Pan-India release; by Thursday evening.
Hitting 1000 movie screens upon its release in India this July 22, about to be screened in Tamil and Telugu apart from Hindi, and having already been booked in advance till this Sunday, the 24th of July, only a superstar like Rajnikanth can manage such a lion-hearted welcome on the box office. It only proves the moniker that superstars can pull off any stunt, well beyond the power of our imagination.
But interestingly, the Kabali fever had hit the nation months in advance before news came out that Rajnikanth would be making his heroic comeback on the big cinema space. But first things first, what is Kabali all about?
The movie where Rajnikanth plays the titular role takes us to the intricate story of Kabaliswaran, an ageing don well beyond his heydays. Said to be inspired from the life of a real-life mob boss from the southern city of Chennai, Kabali is expected to be a mega action-drama where Kabali fights back his detractors and thus, his inner demons in a bid to stay ahead in his game. Kabali is feared, respected and albeit hailed as someone who can wreak havoc on the life of his naysayers. The film will be a telling tale about the trials and tribulations and thus, the redemption of Kabali; a man who is shown fighting to stay relevant at a stage where his best days are seemingly behind him. The movie also promises an exciting ensemble of a talented star-cast that includes the likes of Prakash Raj; a veteran of dozens of blockbuster south films and Radhika Apte, among the most talented and gifted actor’s of her generation.
The film is said to traverse the journey of ‘an angry young man at his pomp in the 1990s’ to his tumultuous comeback after 25 long years, including a terse stint in the prison. Although the makers of the movie have done well to keep the exact plot of the movie off limits from mainstream media, Kabali’s glossy paraphernalia including spectacular sequences such as a prison break, broken bones, high octane chases accommodated by spectacular action choreography and background score promises a lot of pomp on the big screen.
And after all, where even the giant’s fail, hero’s fall and where the best in the business give up and can’t, Rajni can. Way to go Rajnikanth! Watch this one for the good old reassuring charisma of our nation’s greatest superstar alongside Mr. Bachchan.
Kabali directed by Pa. Ranjith, produced by S. Thanu, cinematography by G.Murali and background score by Santhosh Narayanan. Release date: July 22.