The Rajini fever grips celebrities as Kabali hits theatres

  • Anjuri Nayar Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2016 18:56 IST
B-Town has caught the Rajini fever that is gripping the nation right now with Kabali hitting the theatres today. (PTI)

Kicked about the film, Bollywood and television celebs planned in advance to catch Kabali in theatres in true ‘Rajini fan’ style.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar cancelled work to catch the first day, first show. “It’s such an emotional film. I was to travel today, but decided to stay back so that I could watch the film. In fact, I don’t even understand Tamil and my show had no subtitles, but I was able to grasp everything. You don’t need language to understand emotions. The crowd is euphoric,” he says.

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Fans of Rajinikanth gather at a cinema on the first day of the release of his film Kabali in Chennai. (AFP)

Television actor Nakuul Mehta decided to get off Twitter for a day to celebrate the success of the film. “In honour of Saar Rajani and #Kabali I’m taking a day off from Twitter to celebrate this momentous day. #Thalaivaaaaa,” he tweeted.

“I am travelling to Kerala for some work tomorrow, but the first thing I want to do is to catch a show of the film there. It’s going to be such an experience. It’s amazing how one person can unite the country in this way. Other actors have stardom as well, but nothing is bigger than this. Salman (Khan) is bhai, but Rajnikanth is God,” he says.

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Filmmaker Kunal Kohli says he has been trying to get hold of a ticket for the film for a while now. “It’s completely booked online. The only way to get a ticket is to go and wait outside a movie hall. It’s impossible to not watch the film. It’s almost like an event, which you need to be a part of,” he says.

TV actor Mrunal Jain also wanted to travel to Chennai to watch the film. “I can’t even think of missing the film. I am Rajinikanth’s biggest fan. In fact, I was all set to go to Chennai to watch it, but I heard that the film is sold out there for days,” he says.

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Rang De Basanti actor Siddharth also tweeted.

Cricketer Suresh Raina, too, caught the first show of the film. He posted on Instagram, “Amazing Movie First Day First Show ! Let the festival begin #thalaivar #kabali #nerrupuda (sic), while Rajnikanth’s son-in-law posted a special poster of the film, writing: “Time to celebrate.”

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