Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth's fans camped outside cinema halls and queued up at ticket counters since early morning today to buy tickets to his latest venture Endhiran (Robot).
Being shown across 300 screens outside India, Endhiran is the largest worldwide release after Hollywood film Spiderman. The movie is being screened in Singapore, Malaysia, UK, China and the US.
The film, which marks Rajnikanth's return to the big screen after a gap of two years, has already released to packed houses in India thanks to the demi-god status that the actor enjoys among his fans.
Starring Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai opposite the 60-year-old actor, the film has been directed by Shankar and is being touted as one of the most expensive ventures in Indian cinema, with a reported budget of Rs 150 crores.
Local media reports that three temple priests went to see the 11.15 show right after performing the morning prayers at the temple.
Businessman W Muralidharan, 32, travelled from his home to another place as he wanted to catch the first movie screening at the Lotus Five Star cinema here.
The earliest showing at the cinema near his house was later in the afternoon at 3 in the evening and he could not wait.
The film will also be released in China and Europe where the actor has a huge fan following as he does in Japan, reports said.
Malaysia has a huge Tamil population. Eight per cent of the country's population is ethnic Indian and a majority are Tamils.
Rajinikanth and Aishwarya attended the audio launch of the movie at the Putrajaya Inter­national Convention Centre near here on July 31.