Mumbai: Rajinikanth’s latest movie Kaala hit theatres worldwide on Thursday with much fanfare. The fan frenzy surrounding a Rajinikanth film was initially absent but it returned soon after with fans going all-out celebrating his latest flick.
Superstar Rajinikanth returns to cinema halls with ‘Kaala’, a gangster flick set in the backdrop of Mumbai’s Dharavi. This is the second consecutive outing of director Pa Ranjith with the Thalaivar after 2016’s Kabali.
In Chennai, fans of the superstar queued up at theatres post-midnight as screenings began as early as 4 am. Fireworks accompanied their celebration while some poured milk on posters.
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Rajini fans throng Mumbai theatres
In Mumbai, neither rain nor the warnings of deluge could dent the spirit of Rajinikanth fans who came in large numbers to watch the superstar’s latest “Kaala”.
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By 5 am, as many as 1,000 fans started thronging the multiplex. Men were dressed in suits, blazers and traditional lungi, and the women draped in saris with ‘gajra’-adorned hair.
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— Superstar Fans Club (@Rajini_RFC) June 6, 2018
Fans, with Rajinikanth’s portrait painted on their chests and some even replicating his “Kaala” look – black shirt, black lungi and a white beard – gathered near the 67 feet poster of the actor.
Kaala and the Karnataka protests
Rajinikanth earned the ire of the Karnataka film fraternity for his comments on the Cauvery river water dispute with fringe groups in the state threatening to disrupt shows.
Pro-Kannada groups had demanded a ban on the movie’s release in Karnataka in protest against Rajinikanth’s comments on the Cauvery river water sharing dispute.
The actor had asked state chief minister HD Kumaraswamy to release Tamil Nadu its share of the water as mandated by the Supreme Court.