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If there is one superstar who has the ability to shut down companies and production houses at the time of his movie release, it is none other than Rajinikanth.
Not only in Chennai, but companies and start-ups in Bangalore too, have declared holiday on Friday (July 22) owing to the release of Kabali. What more, some companies have even booked free tickets for their employees.
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Venkat Prabhu's Holiday
Venkat Prabhu's production unit, Black Ticket Company has declared a holiday on July 22 for all its employees. There will be no shooting or other activities on the film's release day.
"Our management has decided to declare a special holiday (a Venkat Prabhu holiday) on 22nd July 2016, on account of our very own superstar Rajini's 'Kabali' directed by our own product Pa. Ranjith," read a statement released by Black Ticket Company.
The shooting of Arun Vijay's Kuttram 23 has been rescheduled from Friday. It is said that the entire crew of the movie is a huge fan of superstar Rajinikanth and that they will be watching the movie together.
FreshDesk Watches Kabali
"We are planning to take our employees on Saturday after the release and are in talks with Satyam Cinemas. We are looking to accommodate everyone at the main screen which has a capacity of almost 600 people," a representative from FreshDesk told Times of India.
More Cinema Halls Booked
More and more cinema halls across the country are getting booked by start-ups and companies. Looks like the Kabali craze is catching up fast among corporate companies and start-ups.
The Unfortunate Ones
Rajinikanth fans, those who are working in companies that has not declared a holiday on Friday, are planning to call in "sick". Most of them have already applied for leave on 22nd of this month.
"We didn't want to get a pile of leave applications from our employees and hence we have declared a holiday on Friday," Vinoth Sudaroli, VP, India Operations told Times of India.
Opus, a start-up in Bangalore has booked tickets for all its employees at PVR cinemas.
"The employees come from different parts of India, and 18 of them are from Tamil Nadu," Manoj Pushparaj, head of operations has said, adding that the move is to motivate the employees.
Another start-up in Chennai, Fyndus, declared a holiday and has also booked tickets for the first day first show.
"On account of the release of superstar RAJINI's movie "KABALI" we have decided to declare holiday on July 22, 2016 in efforts to avoid piled up leave requests to the HR department.
We also take the privilege of going the extra mile to support anti-piracy by providing free tickets for the former to Fyndus employees," read a note signed by the company's Vice President.
If you think this is crazy, wait until we let you know about a petition that has requested the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to declare a state holiday on July 22, owing to the movie release.
"We humbly request our CM Jayalalithaa to declare Friday as a public holiday, which will enable people to watch the movie in comfort, without the hassle of taking leave," read an online petition.
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