As the release date of Rajinikanth’s 159th film draws nearer (Kabali will be in theatres on 22 July) the demand for tickets has been unprecedented. Nearly all the theatres in Chennai will be playing the film across all their screens – and yet, there’s quite the fight raging between moviegoers for access to coveted tickets, especially over the film’s first three days.
The advance booking of the Rajinikanth-starrer Kabali, which is set to release on July 22, opened on Monday and within hours the tickets for three days, i.e. for opening weekend sold out. Moreover, Kabali is releasing in 12,000 screens, which is double the screen count of Salman’s Sultan. Not only advance booking and screen count, the makers are confident that Kabali will break the box office collection record of Sultan as well.
The Hindi version of Kabali is set to release in 1,000 screens in north India and this might affect the box office run of Salman’s Sultan. And since Salman and Rajinikanth are both superstar, the clash between Sultan and Kabali will be much-awaited.
The bookings have opened only in four theatres and they are sold out for the first day. I am hoping to get tickets for the first day when bookings open across other screens. I can’t miss the first day first show of Kabali at any cost. The Kabali craze has caught on in other states like Karnataka and Kerala as well. While in Tamil Nadu, ticket prices are regulated by the government and cannot exceed Rs 120, in these states the ticket price ranges anywhere from Rs 150 to Rs 600! And whether July 22 is a working day or not people are definitely planning to catch the film.