From flying all the way from London to Mumbai's Aurora theatre to giving free auto rides to those who want to watch Kabali on its release day, Rajinikanth's fans are yet again out to prove why the superstar's fandom is beyond comprehension.
As the release of Kabali nears, the buzz around the
film is palpable. The 65-year-old actor's hardcore fans from
different walks of life, are stoked about the first day first show
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From London To Mumbai
"For the premiere, I'm flying down to Mumbai from London and
taking part in the early morning pooja and then the procession to
the Aurora theatre in Matunga where a bunch of similar diehards
will do the 'pal (milk) abhishekam' followed by the first day first
show," Naman has said.
High Hopes For Kabali
Naman, the writer of independent film Brahman Naman, is
excited about Kabali mainly because; "This is the first
time in a long time that Thalaivar has entrusted a film to a new
generation director (Pa. Ranjith). Madras (Ranjith's last
Tamil film) was amazing so I have high hopes for
Fans From USA
For Srinivasan Sankar, a Global Data Officer for an insurance
company in the Greater Boston area, Kabali will be another
"crowning glory" in Rajinikanth's career. "I've never missed
Thalaivar FDFS as far as I remember from 'Velaikkaran', 'Rajadhi
Raja' and 'Mappillai' days, he said.
A 10 Hour Drive
"After I migrated to the US in 1995, it continued with 'Muthu'.
There's a nice story here. In the late 1990s, movies won't show up
in Boston in the first or second week. So I drove 10 hrs to
Washington DC to watch 'Arunachalam' FDFS," said
First Show In Boston
"I'll watch the 11 AM show. That's the first show here in Boston
which is also one of the first shows along with Atlanta, New York,
etc in the US. Since it's a weekday, we plan to have the first day
celebrations later in the evening during the prime-time shows," Srinivasan said.
'Kabali' Craze In Bangalore
Bangalore based techie-turned-film critic Uday Senan will be
watching Kabali with random strangers he invited through a
Facebook post. "The only common factor between all of us is
our love for Rajinikanth. In an open post on Facebook, I've invited
genuine Thalaivar fans whom I've never met, to join me to watch the
film FDFS," said Uday.
Upsetting The Boss
"In 2007, a large group of us from school watched
Sivaji. Seven of us from that group will be reuniting to
watch Kabali. I've applied for leave from work and my boss
is upset that I've motivated a few others to take leave too," Uday
All Roads Lead To Chennai..
Lalith, who works in a managerial position in Bangalore, will be
flying to Chennai along with his friends to watch the first day
first show. "His films come once in two years, so it's totally
worth it," he has said.
FDFS in Chennai
"I've already blocked tickets for the FDFS in Chennai. My
friends from Mumbai and Hyderabad are flying down to watch the
film. It's good to be watching 'Kabali' at a place where it's
celebrated the way it's supposed to be," Lalith added.
"Some people might think we are crazy, but they won't understand
our love for Thalaivar. If you're not watching the first show of a
Rajinikanth starrer on release day, you're breaking a tradition," says 43-year-old auto driver Annamalai.
On July 22, when Kabali will make its way into theatres
worldwide, Annamalai will be watching the earliest show of the film
"It's usually at Kasi or Albert theatre. For nearly two decades
now, I've been watching his films on release day. It has to be the
first show in the city," Annamalai told IANS, adding that he will
be watching the film with his friends.
Annamalai also plans to give free rides to anyone who wants to
watch the movie, which is about a gangster's shot at redemption and
how he fights for equal pay rights for Tamilians in
"All Rajini fans are like brothers. Our Thalaivar's films bring
us together, under one roof, irrespective of our economic or social
background. After I'm done watching the first show, I plan to give
20 free rides to those who want to watch the film," he
If you thought the craze for Rajinikanth only runs in the
working class, then you're wrong.
Meet Naman Ramachandran, author and film critic, who is popular
for his book 'Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography'.
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