SHOCKING: 'Kaala' Records The Lowest Ever Opening For a Rajinikant Film

SHOCKING: 'Kaala' Records The Lowest Ever Opening For a Rajinikant Film

Rajinikant's 'Kaala' isn't off to a great start
SHOCKING: 'Kaala' Records The Lowest Ever Opening For a Rajinikant Film

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In what  could be perceived as a shocking setback  to the Rajinikanth legend his latest release  Kaala has opened to an underwhelming response at the box office. It is one  of the lowest-recorded opening in recent times for a  Rajinikanth starrer.

What  gives? Actor-activist Vishal Krishna who heads the Tamil Nadu Films Producers’ Council(TFPC) says it’s too early to make any predictions. “Kaala has been unnecessarily embroiled in the Cauvery controversy. How much this has affected  the film’s  opening, I don’t know. What I  do know is  that  at the end  of  the day Rajini Sir is Rajini Sir. Any film of his evokes  a massive response.  The opening  of  Kaala  may be on the lower side—I haven’t found the time to  check-- because his last film with the same director(Pa Ranjith) had not been appreciated that  much.”

However  Vishal adds that Kaala may well surprise all the naysayers. “Rajini Sir’s fan club is stronger than ever. And I am a member. They will ensure a smooth  run for Kaala. Let’s not  forget, this is  the Ramzan week and  a sizable chunk of  the audience likes to refrain from watching  film during this  period even if it is Rajini Sir’s film. I intend  to see Kaala the  soonest possible.” Says  trade analyst Atul Mohan,  “The buzz for this one is  low despite having known faces from Hindi cinema like Nana Patekar, Huma Qureshi, Pankaj Tripathi , etc. This may be due to some of the factors like couple of postponements in release date, Ramzan period , particularly the  week before EID which is dullest for business , as  next Friday the big film of Salman Khan releases. Rajnikanth is still a huge craze as the character Chitti of Robot and fans are waiting for the sequel 2.0 .Also his last few films haven't also done well. The promos of Kaala  haven't established a connect with Hindi audiences. It looks like  a 1990s’ film. But we hope they have some great story to be shared which may be liked and the film does well.”

Atul  Mohan also warns about the  competition. “Kaala has to compete with  a Steven Spielberg franchise Jurassic World which is a huge  event. Also, a section of Rajinikanth’s audience is not happy with his entry  into politics.”

Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty who has worked repeatedly with Rajini on  Ra.One  , Robot   etc agrees  that Rajini’s politics could be  a negative  force  in  his career. “I have not been following Kaala release or its prospects, but I would imagine, the socio-political  stand Rajini Sir has taken in the past one year people might have started looking at him differently from the demi-god that he used to be.”

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