“Kaala” rushes have been released on May 28, 2018, and are already taking the web by storm. It has all the Rajini ingredients in full dose. Rajinikanth, dressed in black shirt and dhoti plays a street-smart slum dweller who takes on the might of a crooked politician played by Nana Patekar. The 1.30 minutes trailer has taken his fans by a storm. The video was to be released at 7 AM but was delayed due to technical reasons.

For Rajnikant, “Kaala” is a very crucial film, a film which will have a bearing on his future political career also. Rajni did not have a big hit after “Robot” and his last two flicks, ”Kabaali” released in 2016 and “Linga” released in 2014 cannot be exactly described as hits.

Unlike other releases, Rajni’s film has a scale which is stupendous, and the film has to fare incredibly well at the box office to be declared real hits.

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Rajini’s film was to be released on April 27 but was postponed by Producer Dhanush of Wunderbar Films on June 7. However now another big budget film, “Jurassic World: the Fallen Kingdom” from Universal is also scheduled to be released on the same date in India. Though the film may not affect the box office prospects of Rajnikant’s film in the South, it will surely affect North India. While “Jurassic……” will be released in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, “Kaala” will be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi languages.

In the past few years, Hollywood films which have been dubbed in regional languages have been going great guns and the recent success of “Avengers: Infinity War” in Tamil Nadu has only reaffirmed this fact.

However, the main theaters will still prefer "Kaala" over any Hollywood flick. "Kaala" will be hitting more than 500 to 550 screens in Tamil Naadu while "Jurassic World" will get only between 150 to 200 screens. However of late, Rajni’s films are not having a good opening and if the word of mouth publicity is not right, it can hit the opening.

The film not to release in Karnataka?

The release of “Kaala” in Karnataka is also in jeopardy after pro-Kannada groups have threatened to prevent the release of the film after Rajnikant’s Cauvery River stand.

Cinema seems to be the first casualty, being a soft target has been an ideal spot for hooliganism. In the past, similar incidents have been seen with protests hampering smooth release of films like “Padmavat” and “Bahubali 2”.

The President of Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha, Vatal Nagaraj has already made it clear that “Kaala” will not be allowed to be released in Karnataka. The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) supports the stand taken by the pro-Kannada groups.

The Legend of Rajnikant is slowly getting eroded with many of his younger fans switching loyalty to younger superstars like Vijay and Ajith.

This coupled with the uncertainty of his yet to be named political party is making the industry pundits and distributors nervous.

His arch-rival, Kamal Haasan has already started his political journey and is also touring the state extensively. However, Rajnikant does not seem to be in a hurry to begin his political party and has two films lined up for release after “Kaala” - 2 and another movie with Karthik Subbaraj.

The Tamil Film Industry, once the most professional and rich is facing trying times with falling revenues following the implementation of GST.

Coupled with high ticket rates and a strike in Kollywood has aggravated the situation. Earlier, Rajni’s film used to be sold out on the day it was launched, but today the case is vastly different. Theaters are willing to give only token advance amounts, and the risk falls entirely on the producer.

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