08 June, 2018
Sources at Chennai theatres say the film has found pre-bookings only for two days, which is extremely unusual for a Rajinikanth film. We bring you some of the initial reactions around the film that has released not just in Tamil but also in Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. However, actor-activist Vishal Krishna who heads the Tamil Nadu Films Producers' Council (TFPC) offered a quote saying it's too early to make any predictions."The opening of Kaala may be on the lower side, because his last film with the same director (Pa. Ranjith) had not been appreciated that much", he said. "Everybody is waiting for the film to be released", the bench told the petitioner's counsel. From flocking the theatre screens all across the country for the first show on the first date, the frenzy among the fans has proved to be a huge advantage for the filmmakers.
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However Vishal adds that Kaala may well surprise all the naysayers. It looks like a 1990's film. "But I would like to act with Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan", the perfectionist had said.
Most theatres in Bengaluru also chose to heed to the call made by pro-Kannada organisations and Karnataka chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, asking distributors and theatre owners not to release the movie. 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. Several pro-Kannada groups have also warned theatres not to screen the film if they want to avoid any untoward incident.