As the release date of Rajinikanth’s 159th film draws nearer the demand for tickets has been unprecedented. Nearly all the theatres in Chennai will be playing the film across all their screens.
The film opens worldwide in Tamil and dubbed in Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam. Advance booking for the film has opened in some parts of Karnataka and Kerala and tickets are reportedly selling at inflated prices.
International Business Times reports that certain theatres have unofficially opened bookings for the film and that tickets are priced between Rs 500 and 600.
One of the most popular theatre chains, SPI Cinemas, is playing the film across its 27 screens in the city which amounts to 96 shows per day. Pre-booking at SPI Cinemas opened on 15 July and within a few hours all the tickets for the 96 shows had been sold out for the first three days.
The Tamil and Telugu versions of Kabali will also play in 400 cinemas in USA. Bookings opened last week and were sold out for some shows.
“We opened bookings on Tuesday and in less than two hours tickets were sold out at Towne 3 cinemas, San Jose. The tickets for premieres are priced at $25, and there’s huge demand for tickets,” distributors CineGalaxy told news agency IANS.
Gangster film Kabali stars Rajinikanth as a mob boss operating out of Malaysia, where the film has been partly shot. Directed by Pa Ranjith, it co-stars Radhika Apte and Taiwanese actor Winston Chao.